2Ch 16:2 Then Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king’s house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus
Chapter 16 of this book takes a very strange turn, after 35 years of relying on God, Asa took what had been consecrated to the Lord and used it to get help from another king. A man who trusted God in the days of trouble, put his confidence in man in his time of success.
God is displeased when He is distrusted and an arm of flesh is relied on more than His power and goodness. God is displeased when men choose the way of the world to accomplish His started work. God says “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jer 2:13). I see a common thread even with churches that started small, trusting God in their humble beginnings but as years have gone by and success has been realized, they have became less dependent on God. Deceitful are our hearts, we trust in God when we have nothing else to trust to, our needs drives us to Him; but when we have other things to lean on, we are apt to depend too much on them instead. May the Lord help us keep our eyes on Him.