Life appears straightforward in the laws of the Old Testament. Obey God and get blessed. Disobey Him and expect trouble. It's a satisfying theology. But is it that simple?

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King Asa's story seems to fit the pattern. He led his people away from false gods and his kingdom thrived (2 Chronicles 15:1-9). Then late in his reign, he depended on himself instead of God (2 Chronicles 16:2-7) and the rest of his life was marked by war and illness.

It is easy to look at that story and draw a simple conclusion. However, the prophet Hanani warned Asa, he said that God will "Strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." Why do our hearts need strengthening? Because doing the right thing may require courage and perseverance.


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Life is not simple, and God's ways are not our ways. Making the correct decision may come at a cost. But in God's eternal plan, His blessings arrive in due time. God helps those who depend on Him..

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