Opportunity for change. Regardless of our present circumstance, a “grass is greener” perspective and appeal can be inherent to a new vision. Our heart deceives us as we escape the reality of our current issues. Wise counsel is available in the story of King Amaziah in 2 Chronicles 25.
King Amaziah enjoys success in battle and contemplates a move. Visions fill his head of recent successes and anticipated future victories. Unfortunately for the King, he fails to recognize the reality of his current condition. Amaziah has abandoned the God who brought him triumph in favor of idols worshiped by his defeated opponent. Amaziah’s issue involves pride and humility. He is about to make a disastrous move.
God tries to convince Amaziah of impending destruction, first though an unnamed prophet and then through one of the his peers. In verse 19, King Jehoash of Israel tries to talk sense into his fellow king. “You (Amaziah) have said, ‘Look, I have defeated Edom,’ and you have become overconfident that you will get glory. Now stay at home. Why stir up such trouble so that you fall and Judah with you?”
Given opportunities to change, move, or transfer, our hearts often deceive us, blinding us to the true issues. God’s warns us in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things.” Be sure to check your heart before making any significant move. In evaluating change, consider all the reasons for the appeal. If you are willing to face the truth, you may find Jehoash’s counsel wise: “Now stay at home.”