“And Joash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah … and brought him to Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem” (v23). What a defeat. When King Amaziah of Judah trusted the Lord, he was able to lead his army to victory without the help of mercenaries (v8-11). Unfortunately, “he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them” (v14). These false gods couldn’t protect King Amaziah or Jerusalem.
“For God has power to help or to cast down” (v8). We can choose to walk in our own strength and rely on false gods, or we can take refuge in the powerful Creator who loves us.