In those times, we’re a lot like Asa, one of the few godly kings of Judah. He once trusted the Lord in a battle in the Shephelah of Judah and defeated an Ethiopian who came against him with an army a million strong (2 Chronicles 14).
But Asa’s greatest test came in an area that hit closer to home—literally. That’s where God tests us as well, isn’t it?
Sometimes it seems like we’re always starting over in our trust of God. Here’s why.
Learning to Trust God in a New Way
When the northern king Baasha fortified Ramah—which sat only five miles north of Jerusalem—he effectively blockaded all movement into Asa’s land.
So here was the test: would Asa trust God for deliverance from this enemy as he had trusted before?
Asa panicked and decided to take the silver and gold from the treasuries of the Temple (that he had dedicated to God!) and solicit help from the pagan king of Aram (2 Chronicles 16). Now, why would Asa, who earlier at Maresha had the faith to gain victory over a million men, suddenly panic and look to his own devices for help?
Because God took from Asa something he trusted in more than God—a parcel of land.
Asa could not fathom what he would do without the strategic Central Benjamin Plateau surrounding Ramah. So he scrambled to get it back at all costs.