Who Brought You?

After Amaziah came from the attack on the Edomites, he brought the gods of the Seirites and set them up as his gods. He worshiped before them and burned incense to them. – 2 Chronicles 25:14
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King Amaziah was granted a victory (by God) over the Seirites, but then he began to worship the idols of the same people that his army had defeated. It was as if he said, “Hey, Lord, thanks for bailing me out of that war thing. You were really there for me. I’ll probably need you again someday, but for now I need to move on. Don’t call me, I’ll call you.
One of the most dangerous after-effects of a significant spiritual victory can be a return to self-reliance. The crisis that drove us to initially lean upon the Lord, once past, fades into the background of a non-critical existence and we return to a life of reliance upon the very idols that originally created the crisis we had averted!
In the southern US we have an old saying that goes like this, “You need to dance with the one that brung you.” It’s a hillbilly proverb that basically means, “stick to what you know” or “stand by the principles and people that brought you to a place of success.” In this instance, I would say that God alone gives us victory and to abandon Him once a victory has been won reveals a weak (or absent) faith and utter lack of spiritual discipline.
Don’t forget the One who brought you.
It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him.  John Wesley

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