4/18: Stick to God’s Game Plan

 

In 2 Chronicles chapter 14, King Asa was doing really well. He had a heart for God and we read about a miraculous deliverance:

  • “And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah… Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots…  So Asa went out against him… And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “LORD, 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!” So the LORD struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled… So the Ethiopians were overthrown, and they could not recover…” 2 Chronicles 14:8-13 (NKJ).

For 35 years, King Asa ruled honorably and Judah was so obviously blessed by God that the people from Israel defected to him “when they saw that the Lord was with him” (vs. 9). He even removed his own mother from the position of Queen Mother when she “made an obscene image of Asherah” (vs. 16). But in the 36th year, when Baasha king of Israel came against Judah, Asa made a treaty with Syria to join him in stopping Baasha’s advance. The alliance worked and Baasha’s advancement was halted, but the alliance King Asa made with Syria did not please the Lord. Here’s the message that came to Asa:

  • “…Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly…” 2 Chronicles 16:7-9 (NKJ).

What happens to us after an amount of time of living under God’s blessings? Like Asa, we could start thinking we’re smart enough and strong enough to handle enemy attacks with our own ingenuity. You see, when we were baby Christians – new in the faith – we knew we had no strength and were helpless in the face of challenges unless God came in to show Himself strong. We asked and we saw God move! At the beginning, Asa gathered the troops and then he prayed and God worked. Nothing has changed in God’s game plan. Hebrews 13:8 says it plainly, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” God intends for us to depend on Him in every new challenge the same way we depended upon Him when we didn’t know any better. 

James 5:15-16 says, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (NIV). What are you trying to handle on your own today? Gather the troops, pray, and watch God work.

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©2013 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 www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry. 

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~ by sanewriter on April 18, 2013.

One Response to “4/18: Stick to God’s Game Plan”

  1. Hallelujah, hallelujah!!!

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