“Amaziah was 25 years old when he became king, and he reigned for 29 years in Jerusalem. He did right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart” (2 Chronicles 25:1-2).
Amaziah became king at an age when most of us are still trying to graduate from college. To his credit, the Bible says “he did right in the sight of the Lord.” King Amaziah made a habit of doing the right thing. But then we read the rest of the story: “yet not with a whole heart.”
That is many of us. We go through the motions. We attend meetings, do Step work, make calls, and check the boxes. But we are not all in. Eventually, what happened to Amaziah happens to us.
Amaziah defeated the Edomite army. That was good. But then he dabbled in false gods, bringing home a few trinkets as spoils. These “trinkets” became idols. And before long, the king’s half-hearted ways doomed him and his people to a period of loss and failure.
Doing the right thing is wonderful. Doing it with a whole heart is epic.
Recovery Step: Do the work of recovery with a whole heart.