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.
- Asa king of Judah relied on the king of Syria, and not on God (2 Chronicles 16:7).
- Therefore, Judah lost the battle with Syria (2 Chronicles 16:7).
- And because of their lack of faith, from now on, Judah will suffer wars (2 Chronicles 16:9).
- 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).
What kind of God is our God?
- Our God is not needy; He is strong.
- Our God is not passive or hesitant; He’s aggressively pursuing us with goodness and mercy.
- Our God is not limited; He’s everywhere, and he’s eager and ready to help anyone wholly trusting in him.
- Based on these verses, why did Syria escape Judah?
- What specific things do you learn about God from 2 Chronicles 16:8–9?
- 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.”