‘For they themselves report (…) how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,’ 1 Thessalonians 1:9
The halfheartedness in the life of king Amaziah continued. Oh, great things happened too, but - sadly - God was not honored in his life. God was proven right though. ‘Of course,’ the pious might say, but how terrible is this reality.
The man of God had said, ‘God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow’ (:8).
When king Amaziah had sent back the mercenaries from Israel that had only been obedience without real commitment. Amaziah was not wholeheartedly devoted to God, for otherwise he would never have bowed down before the gods of the people of Seir.
When our heart is fully committed to God we cannot - besides our trust in Him - put our trust in things that have nothing to do with God’s reality. Oh, of course we are easily carried away by other people’s habits and customs. But when God in His grace approaches us and warns us, then it is revealed if we really want to serve Him, or if we deep in our hearts turned our backs upon Him, even if we - apparently - still do ‘what is right in the eyes of the Lord’.
When a messenger of God comes and points out to us the idols that have gotten a place in our lives, then we can really turn to God, or we can ask in anger why this know-it-all has anything to say. For how could we open our hearts to God’s words, if God’s Spirit did not make our hearts restless in advance?
Only when we let ourselves be convinced deep in our hearts that God means something quite different when He speaks of 'living in faith' than what we practice in daily life, only then a desire arises to hear the redeeming voice of the Lord.