When the end is not better than the beginning

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to give support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

What happened to Asa? He was supposed to be this godly king whose heart was wholly true all his days. But then we read that when Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, Asa turned to Ben-hadad king of Syria for help instead of relying on the Lord. As a result, the rest that God gave Judah came to an end. Henceforth, there would be wars. Hanani the seer rebuked him for his foolishness, but instead of learning his lesson, Asa did it again! When his feet became diseased, he did not seek the Lord but sought help from physicians. Something was very wrong with his relationship with God at this point. Around two years after, he died. This is sad: beginning so well and yet ending badly. His heart was true but not blameless. In other words, he wasn’t perfect. He was sincere, but he was not consistent. And if we aren’t careful, we can also end up badly like him.

Lord, please preserve me so that I may persevere to the end and say at the end of my days, “The end is better than the beginning.” Amen.

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