Last week’s sermon was ‘To Go North, You Must Have a Perfect Heart for God’. The Scriptural text came from the book of II Chronicles 16:1-10 with the key verse being verse 9a; For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards Him.’ This was Hanani, the seer (preacher, prophet, man of God, etc) talking to King Asa; King of Judah. King Asa was the son of the previous king, Abijah, and the grandson of the king before that, Rehoboam, and the great grandson of the king before that, King Solomon. Abijah and Rehoboam did evil in during their reign turning away from God to worship idols and all other manner of abominations to God. King Solomon did right during his youth but did evil in his old age.
This story of the Kings of Judah and Israel is covered in the section of the Old Testament called ‘The Books of History.’ With a sermonic topic of ‘To Go North, You Must Have a Perfect Heart with God’ implies that we are living in the present with an eye towards the future (where we are going, want, or desire to go): so why study Biblical history. Why study something that happened over 3000 years ago to help us get to where we want to go? In getting up every morning dealing with the trials and tribulations of the present and anticipating what is yet to come, why bother with what has been?
I am so glad you asked. Biblical history offers us a wealth of information about how people and societies behave in their relationship with God. There is not even an inkling of information to glean from the future because obviously the future has yet to occur. Biblical history allows us to use the past as a laboratory to understand the ways of God and to formulate theories of human behaviors and actions in certain circumstances and just for us to have a greater understanding of our relationship with God. These recourses depend on Biblical historical facts.
In II Chronicles chapter 14 we are instructed that when King Asa became king he removed all forms of idolatry from the land that was practiced by his father and his father’s father, the king and king before him. Because Asa sought after God with all his might, Asa had a perfect heart towards God. Asa’s heart was perfect towards God because Asa felt the same way about sin as God. Because Asa’s heart was perfect towards God, there was peace in the land and the Judah prospered. Peace and prosperity did not come because of tax cuts of other economic stimuli. Peace did not come because of the size or strength of the military. One of the men I admire in American history is John Adams. President John Adams, the second president of the United States, made this quote; “we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Why are there so much confusion in the land and no peace? Why are you not prospering in the manner you planned? Do you feel like God had forgotten about you? Do you depend on the government (President of the United States, Congress, Supreme Court, etc) for your happiness and peace? It is just most probable there is an answer for you by studying God’s Word.
This sermon topic is a three part series. In the first part, I preached the historical basis of King Asa’s rule. For the second part, I will preach or expound upon the meaning of peace and prosperity.