Huge Problems? No Sweat for God

           When Asa, Solomon’s grandson, became king, there was no turmoil going on in the land. For the first ten years of his reign, “the land was quiet” (II Chronicles 14:1, NKJ). The passage is quick to point out, though, that “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God” (verse 2). In other words, don’t get it twisted, Asa’s submission to God was resulting in blessing. Asa then used the peace wisely. Verse 7 tells us, “Therefore he said to Judah, ‘Let us build these cities and make walls around them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us, because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.’ So they built and prospered” (NKJ). Asa also had an army of 300,000 mighty men of valor. There may have been peace, but Asa was no dummy. He knew other kings were always on the lookout for someone to overthrow.

           And soon enough it happened. “Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots” (verse 9). What’s 300,000 against a million? Asa’s army was outnumbered more than 3 to 1. So Asa did what he’d always done; he relied on God. “LORD, [Asa cried], “it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!” (verse 11)

           Asa knew his good fortune had been riding on his relationship with God, and he had continually given God thanks and glory for it. Now that a problem arose, it was not time to switch gears and think God had changed. God could still be relied upon to take care of him and his people. In fact, Asa realized that Zerah was not attacking him; Zerah was attacking God. Read again the last line of Asa’s prayer, “You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”

          What was the outcome for Asa? “The LORD struck the Ethiopians and [they] fled. And Asa and the people who were with him pursued them… so the Ethiopians were overthrown, and they could not recover, for they were broken before the LORD and His army. And they carried away very much spoil” (verses 12-13).

           Asa understood a very important principle. When we live our lives to glorify God, He is on display. Therefore, when someone comes against us, in reality, they are coming against God who is in us. And God cannot be outdone or defeated. Keep prayed up and keep practiced up living for God in the good times. When your “Zerah” attacks, no sweat. Turn him and his army over to God and make Asa’s prayer your own. Say, “Help me, O LORD my God, for I rest on You, and in Your name I go against this multitude. O LORD, You are my God; do not let man prevail against You!”


©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.


~ by sanewriter on July 14, 2012.

One Response to “Huge Problems? No Sweat for God”

  1. great info, thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: