“Let there be a treaty between me and you,” he said, “as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you a gift of silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.”
(1 Kings 15:19 NIV)
Israel’s ancient kings often made the mistake of seeking help from foreign kings instead of the true King when they were under attack. In today’s passage, King Asa of Judah sought help from the king of Aram against Baasha king of Israel. Asa took all of the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of his own palace and sent them as gift to the king of Aram. He was later condemned by the prophet Hanani for not relying on the Lord (2 Chronicles 16:7-9). In who do you place your trust? “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Trust God rather than people.