The Eyes of the Lord

2 Chronicles 16:8–9

Principle for Bible Reading

Look for promises in Scripture that rest in the never-changing character of God, and therefore are true for his people throughout all of history, even for us today. God gives us a broader, general principle about himself and his ways using a specific event in biblical history.

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Introduction/Prayer (00:00–00:42)

Observations (00:42–07:15)

  1. Asa king of Judah relied on the king of Syria, and not on God (2 Chronicles 16:7).
  2. Therefore, Judah lost the battle with Syria (2 Chronicles 16:7).
  3. And because of their lack of faith, from now on, Judah will suffer wars (2 Chronicles 16:9).
  4. We should rely on God, and not man, because God is searching for opportunities to help those whose hearts are wholly trusting in him (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Application (07:15–08:54)

What kind of God is our God?

  1. Our God is not needy; He is strong.
  2. Our God is not passive or hesitant; He’s aggressively pursuing us with goodness and mercy.
  3. Our God is not limited; He’s everywhere, and he’s eager and ready to help anyone wholly trusting in him.

Study Questions

  1. Based on these verses, why did Syria escape Judah?
  2. What specific things do you learn about God from 2 Chronicles 16:8–9?
  3. Based on these verses, why does the promise of 2 Chronicles 16:9 apply to all of us?
Piper: “God is eagerly and aggressively seeking to work for those who wait for him.”