May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017

2 CHRONICLES 13-17

Focus Verse: and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
2 Chronicles 15:2

 

God is strong for us, so we should be strong for Him. When we are strong for God, He will show up strong for us. This is a theme that we are going to see played out through this entire reading about the life of King Asa. In 13:18, when Asa and Judah are being attacked by a much stronger Israelite army, we see the key to victory in any battle we face: “and the men of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers.”

 

Total dependence on God is the requirement for victory in the Lord. Total surrender to His will and His way. This means that we may have to redefine our victory. We must allow for God to deliver us in a way that looks unfamiliar or strange to us. It’s about not leaning unto our understanding, but trusting completely in His work through us.

 

Let’s be very clear here: this isn’t a call to spiritual laziness. This is most certainly not an excuse to sit back and do nothing and let God do all of the work. If anything, this should make us work that much harder for God. You cannot be strong for God by doing nothing. That’s not being strong. It’s being scared. It’s being lazy. Dependence on God is expecting Him to take what little we have to offer and fill us with everything He has to offer. But we have to do it His way. I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again, we cannot live in God’s Kingdom man’s way.

 

Asa tries this in chapter 16. He relies on the King of Aram to deliver Judah from the Israelites. And God tells Asa (paraphrasing here), “I have been so strong for you, why weren’t you strong for me? I will be strong for you! Just be strong for me!” And Asa rejects that word. He never again turns to the Lord for help in his lifetime.

 

So what is your decision today? Will you be strong for the Lord since He has been so strong for you? Or will you rely on your own strength to get you through?

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