2 Chronicles 28:22-23 Even during this time of trouble, King Ahaz continued to reject the Lord. He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus who had defeated him, for he said, “Since these gods helped the King of Aram, they will help me, too, if I sacrifice to them.” But, instead, they led to his ruin and the ruin of all Judah.”
In spite of the testimony of his ancestors, King Ahaz did not know that his help came from God. He watched the other rulers to see which ones were successful and rested on the gods of Damascus because they had defeated him. While we have the benefit of seeing the results of King Ahaz’s choice, we still make the same choices.
We watch others succeed because they turned to the idols of this world, and we seek to do the same forgetting that the things of this world are not only fleeting, they are also deceiving. A college education may get us in the door, but it doesn’t guarantee us a job. Money may buy us lots of things, but it is hardly a mechanism for happiness. Our spouse may offer companionship and a sense of security, but if he/she doesn’t love us, what is it worth? And pulling yourself up by your bootstraps may get us up off the floor, but it won’t get us to heaven.
There is only one true source of joy, peace, security, love and salvation, and that is Jesus.
It’s easy to turn to our education, our career, our spouse, our money and even our own strength. It’s more difficult to trust in what we cannot see; however, when we read about You in Your Word, we know that You will give us more than this world ever can. “You are our help in times of trouble. Help us, by our actions, show unbelievers and doubters that You are who You say You are and You can do what You say You can do. Amen.