We all make foolish decisions like ordering pizzas with anchovies and extra jalapeños for a party or buying one of those ugly Christmas sweaters. We are human; foolish decisions seem to be what we do the best.
As followers of Jesus, our humanity is often a burden that wars against us. This “war” is explained in several New Testament Scriptures such as Galatians 5:17 ESV, “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.“
The progeny of Adam has become profoundly flawed and seem to be more so with each passing generation. A great example of human frailty while desiring God’s will is the Bible’s account of King Amaziah.
As you remember, Judah became its own country while the rest of the Israelites formed their own country. Well, King Amaziah, the king of Judah, was trying to be obedient to the LORD, but when war broke out, he thought he needed more troops, so he rented 100,000 soldiers from Israel. He paid a ton of money to “rent” these Israelite soldiers.
A prophet of the LORD came to King Amaziah
During the time of King Amaziah, all of Israel was wiped out; only the tribe of Judah was following God. So, when a prophet of the LORD came to King Amaziah and told him not to use the Israelite troops but to send them home the king was perplexed and worried about all the nonrefundable money he spent. But, God came and reassured him he would be blessed beyond the amount of the king’s wasted cash.
We see in 2 Chronicles 25:9, Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents (i.e., money) I paid for these Israelite troops?” The man of God replied, “The Lord can give you much more than that.” Foolishly, King Amazon later challenged Israel to a battle – he lost the fight and Jerusalem was sacked and left in ruins,
Whatever your weakness, whatever aspects of your life, you make bad decisions, ask God in a solemn prayer for self-control and guidance by the Holy Spirit. Also, find a spiritually mature Christian that can help you be accountable. Don’t be like King Amaziah and continue to make destructive decisions. And, hey, don’t buy that ugly Christmas sweater. It’s July, for crying out loud!
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