Archive for January 13, 2008

Wayne Hotel and King Asa of old

Wayne HotelThe photo shows an old structure in my hometown, known as the Wayne Hotel that used to be a ritzy place for travelers, close to the train station. Made of artistically laid brick, it was impervious to any fire that was the bane of any old wooden structures over100 years ago.  This relic from the past has had the threat of the wrecking ball for many years as it stands stoically in the middle of town.  I’m reminded of what is temporal and what is permanent.  God’s Word is permanent while whatever man builds or creates is doomed for the wrecking ball of time, laziness or disinterest.  What we rely on exposes what is in our hearts. 

King Asa of old was a king with a good heart because he relied on the Lord, there was quiet throughout his kingdom.  The Lord had given him rest the first 10 years of his reign.  Then the Ethopians were mounting up troops against his nation.  They had over a million men and 300 chariots to King Asa’s army of 300,000 men.  Against such odds his army won and they scooped up the spoils of their enemy. 

Asa ruled another 25 years and then he forgot the promise that God gave him in II Chron. 15:7 “But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”  He had taken courage in that promise and the earlier rescue God orchestrated and Asa brought down many idols.  Even that of his own mother, Asa cut down her obscene image, crushed it and burned it.  So thorough was he in his loyalty to God and relying on Him.  However, the thirty-sixth year of his reign he forgot or purposely disobeyed God and relied on an allegiance with another neighboring king for help from a threatening enemy.  

I have long loved the promise in II Chron. 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…”  Turns out King Asa fell ill in his thirty-ninth year of reign and died several years later.  Sad story really, maybe the Wayne Hotel will last a little longer and will eventually have a different purpose in my hometown.  The lesson I take away from God’s Word is that we are to rely on God and seek Him out for our strong fortress, as strong as a brick building but yes, many times stronger!!!

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