It makes no sense!
That’s the first thought that came to mind when I read the story of King Amaziah, in 2 Chronicles 25…especially what he did right after God helped him defeat the Edomites.
Amaziah brought back the Edomite gods, “set them up as his own gods, bowed down to them and burned sacrifices to them” (verse 14).
Now, I might understand Amaziah having to do that if the Edomites had defeated him with overwhelming force. That might have convinced Amaziah of the power and influence of their gods.
That might make sense.
But to bring them back to Jerusalem and give honor to the gods of the people you have just defeated? Why in the world did Amaziah make such a stupid decision?
It makes no sense.
You have to go back to verse 2: “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly.” Reading the rest of the chapter, it quickly becomes obvious that Amaziah had one foot in and one foot out.
Amaziah was not wholehearted in his relationship with the Lord, and, as a result, his decisions throughout his reign increasingly lacked wisdom…even after God sends prophets to warn him.
What can we learn from Amaziah?
Here it is!
The closer we are to the Lord, the more His wisdom and grace inform the most practical decisions we make.
My job is to draw near to Him in full faith that He, in response, will draw near to me (James 4:8). I am also to ask for wisdom, believing that I will receive it from God Himself (James 1:5).
Then, prayerfully, I make my decisions, confident in God’s grace and love for me…that He is working all things together for my good, namely that I be conformed to the likeness of His Son (Romans 8:28).