Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 26:1-28:27 / 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 / Psalm 103:1-12
If you can’t beat them…join them! That phrase is used when your adversaries are stronger than you, then it is better to join the adversaries. If you can’t defeat them, band together with them…join the winning side! This is a form of surrender but it is not a reluctant submission but a calculated decision to partner and join their ranks.
King Ahaz found himself on the losing end of Judah’s war with the Arameans. Judah was defeated and many of the people were taken to Damascus and imprisoned. Ahaz’s reaction to defeat was to become even more unfaithful to the Lord and “He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.” (2 Chronicles 28:23)
Ahaz was a man whose faith fluctuated like the changing of the wind. He tried anything that would give him an advantage or help. Ahaz used whatever means or god necessary to get what he desired. He turned to the gods of Damascus believing the same power they had over him could now be channeled to work on his behalf.
He was not driven by faith or belief but by selfishness and lust. Ahaz was not a man of integrity but hypocritical. His interest was not in following a particular god but to have a god act on his behalf. Ahaz had no convictions or guiding standards; he became a chameleon in the midst of every religious environment.
We live in a world that epitomizes the spirit of Ahaz…looking to use a god, not serve a god. Wanting to “be” god and using any god for that end. Ahaz did not believe in the power of God and sought other means for fulfillment. He tried the ways of The Lord and found God did not measure up to his prideful and sinful standards.
It says Ahaz’s worship of other gods, “were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.” (28:23) Man never wins when they look to, follow and serve the gods of this world. The gods of this world look promising but they leave the seeker broken and bound. Hope is only found in The Lord! He will not be beaten…all men should join Him, surrender to His Lordship and receive His gracious offer of redemption!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!