2 Chronicles 28:22
“And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.”
In the book of 2 Chronicles, there are two stories of kings who display dangerous times that people face in life. Both of these kings had opportunities to do right, but both of them succumbed to the dangerous times of life. Many believers have fallen for these dangerous opportunities only to wish they had avoided them. Let me share with you the two dangerous times of life of which you must be aware.
The first dangerous time of life in found in the life of King Uzziah. 2 Chronicles 26:16 says about Uzziah, “But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction…” The first dangerous time of life is when a person finds success. Success has driven many people away from the LORD. Just like Uzziah, a person feels strong because they have experienced success, and they became overconfident in their abilities. Just because you have experienced victory doesn’t mean you should become overconfident in what you can do. Your success didn’t happen because of what you could do, but it happened because of what God did through you. You must be careful about allowing success to make you overconfident in your abilities.
Moreover, success is dangerous because many stop doing what made them successful. My friend, success doesn’t mean you should stop doing what brought you success, but it means you should continue doing it, but in a greater fashion. Success can become your biggest enemy if you allow it to pull you away from the ways of the LORD that brought you success.
The second dangerous time of life is found in the life of King Ahaz. 2 Chronicles 28:22 says about Ahaz, “And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD…” Failure is just as dangerous as success. Failure can cause you to look to look to other areas for success instead of looking to the LORD. It is amazing how failure caused Ahaz to blame the LORD when it was his own actions that led to his failure. You must be careful about blaming failure on the LORD when it was your sinful actions that led to the failure. It is easy to blame God for your failure, but why should God give you success when you are not following His ways? Many people blame God for their plight instead of blaming the sin that placed them in their situation. You must be very careful that you don’t blame God for a situation that sin has caused.
Moreover, the distress that failure causes has turned many to bitterness. I believe Ahaz trespassed more because he wanted to show his disdain for God not stepping in to save him. Let me remind you that the distress that sin has caused is not God’s fault. Why would you do more wrong to prove to God how angry you are at him when it was sin that caused your distress? My friend, doing more wrong to show God your disdain for what you perceived as His failure to help you will only make your situation worse. The problem is not that God didn’t come to save you, the problem is that you did wrong.
Let me encourage you to beware of these dangerous times in your life that Satan will use to get you to turn away from God. Realize that Satan has a way of distracting your attention away from what brought these situations instead of pointing you to the exact causes. The best action you can take in times of success and failure is to stay your eyes upon the LORD.