Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Remember who is fighting the battle

2 Chronicles 14

Reading this account of another new king in Judah's history I was struck with somethings.

Asa did some great things.

In a time of peace he did some great preparation work. Its tempting to sit back when everything is going smooth and take it easy. Asa took the time to purify, pray and prepare. He got rid of all the idols he called the people to pray and he started training an army. A great example for us make God first in our lives, to develop our relationship with him and to prepare for His mission.

But eventually it was time for conquest. There is a purpose for preparation. Eventually this well prepared committed army faced a huge foe. Asa knew he was in trouble and went to God in prayer. Even when we have planned and prepared we can sometimes end up facing huge obstacles.

Like Asa we can pray to God: “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O Lord, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.”

Then it says: The Lord struck down the Cushites.

I think too often we try to fight the battles in our own power and strength. Maybe its time to speak to God about it. Simple I know but very often forgotten.


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