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Hello, God has given me something in 2 Chronicles 16:9 which says,

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”

Foolish: Asa had done a foolish thing: He relied on the king of Aram, instead of God (2 Chronicles 16:7). Then Asa gets so angry at the seer for telling him this, (Hanani the seer was the one telling the king), that he threw him in prison, at the same time, brutally oppressing the people. Then Asa stopped following God, and he was afflicted with a severe disease in his feet, but he turned to the physicians instead of God.

Our condition: We are as bad as Asa. We are just as sinful, and evil. We are horrible, angry, evil, mean, spiteful, selfish, greedy, God-hating, Jesus-revolting, Holy-Spirit-despising, awful, sinful, Satanael, Godless, puny, wining, pining, pain-in-the-side, wretches. We are so evil, that God can’t even look upon us, without a daily sacrifice, or a perfect sacrifice. We deserve to die and go to hell. So, since we are so bad, horrible, evil, and all that, then why haven’t we died? Why haven’t we gotten what we deserve?

Jesus: Jesus is the answer. Jesus came down to earth, and gave His own life for us so that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Why did a perfect God send His son for a bunch of wretches? Because God loves us. He loves us so much that He gave His own son to save the world (John 3:16-17)!

Application: How does 2 Chronicles 16:9 apply to our lives? God’s eyes looked through the earth, and saw us. We, who were so foolish and sinful. So, God sent His only son to die on the cross for us. And now, God looks through the earth, and finds some Christians, and some need to be strengthened, so He strengthens them, through His word, or by testing them.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son to die on the cross for us. Thank You, Jesus, for making us Your children. I pray that I would draw close to You, and love You more. I pray that You would fill me up with Your Holy-Spirit. I pray that I would talk with You more, and that I would run to You any time I need help. Thank You for always being there to strengthen us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verses:

Righteousness, 2 Corinthians 5:21,

“‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Hanani, 2 Chronicles 16:7,

“At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand.”

Loved, not condemned, John 3:16-17,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

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