My favorite basketball team was losing…again. For years, I had followed this team through several championships, watching every game and incessantly talking about every nuance of their plays to anyone who would listen. Alas, it had now been over five years since the team had even made the playoffs. The stars of the glory years were gone and the team rebuilding was not progressing as quickly as management and fans had hoped. It was painful and embarrassing to watch the team play. In fact, I began to watch other teams that were more exciting…and winning. What began as an innocent distraction soon became a firm commitment. After a few months, I threw my support behind a competing team and switched sides.
“Where’s your loyalty?” Completely unforgiving, my friends screamed at me. I had switched my alliances because I selfishly wanted to be with a winner. The only victory I achieved was securing the ire of my friends and branded a traitor.
In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the Lord—this same King Ahaz. For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus that had defeated him and said, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.
2 Chronicles 28:22-23 (ESV)
When one switches sides and alliances with sports teams, the consequences may be ridicule or scorn from friends and family. The consequences are far more severe when one switches alliances and sides against God. King Ahaz of Judah suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Syrians. What was his response? Did he humble himself before God and ask for mercy and forgiveness? No. He switched sides. He chose to sacrifice to the gods of the enemy who defeated him. Did it work? No. God punished Ahaz by sending the Assyrians to raid and plunder his kingdom leading to more humiliating defeats.
Switching sides against God?
God is not mocked; we reap what we sow. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.