2 Chron. 14:9-15
Anthony L. Wilson, lead servant
Church 180, Locust Grove
Deep down, we know God is greater than anyone or anything in this world. But when the problem is staring us right in the face – overdue bills, a bad medical report, a rebellious child – it’s hard to see beyond the problem. King Asa faced an army twice the size of his, but he still marched forward. And he began by moving forward in prayer. Prayer helps us remember and depend of God, who is truly greater than any challenge.
Call on God when problems arise
2 Chron. 14:9-11
It may seem like a moot point to present this principle, but as stated previously, it is easy to get distracted and lose focus on the greatness and grandeur of God’s power. In other word, it is easy to maximize the problem while minimizing the Problem Solver.
Asa shares how to properly respond to the test, trials, and tribulations of life. While facing an army with over one million chariots, one could see a couple of options. You can surrender, another can run away from this issue or lastly, you can seek the aid and assistance of the One who knew about the problem way before the problem began.
There is another supporting component to add to this principle, in that, by calling on God, it lets a person know where their limitations begin and where God limitless power begins. Asa calls on the Lord in prayer and simply tells God that His people are making His enemy, their enemy because verse 11 says, “in your name we have come against this large army.” This reveals that when God’s name is at stake, God’s people take a stand for His sake.
Trust in God as you face your problem
2 Chron. 15:12-15
Someone sagaciously suggested that the main reason a person doesn’t obey God is because they don’t trust. In that, it is difficult or impossible to trust God when you don’t already do what He says.
Asa knew the task at hand against the enemy was beyond his ability, and he knew God’s track record. In addition, it was not only going to take prayer but also action. In other words, the people of God had to actively participate in their miracle.
It goes without saying, the Lord was the One who routed the enemy, but Asa and the people still needed to carry through in battle to secure that victory. This shows us that victories we seek are not always in the way we expect. Often, we look for God to just get us out of a problem, when His whole plan was to get in the problem with us so His glory is maximized. Asa gives us a plan by praying and trusting while God performs and triumphs.
Live it out
- Why do you feel it is difficult for some believers to call on the Lord first when a problem arise?
- What are some tangible signs a believer is giving their full trust in God when faced with problems in their life?