We've all been in situations where we've felt, maybe even known, that the odds were stacked against us. In those moments, we make a decision...Where will we turn? King Asa was in an overwhelming situation and his response is a great example to us.
2 Chronicles 14:11 - And Asa cried to the LORD his God, “O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.”
Back story…Asa is the king of Judah. At this point in time, Israel and Judah have split into two kingdoms with 2 tribes in Judah and the other 10 tribes in Israel. During this time of separation, there were many kings that would follow after other gods and not follow after the way of the Lord. However, Asa, “did what was right in the sight of the LORD and followed in his ways”. Asa, followed God and trusted him to help him lead the people of Judah. God gave Judah ten years of peace during his reign. After that ten years, a huge army from Ethiopia came up to attack Judah. Before battle, the king would always call out to God in a prayer; verse 11 is that prayer before this battle. God went before the army of Judah and destroyed the entire army of the Ethiopians. So…
It would be quite easy to see that Asa felt overwhelmed by the challenge that was before him. He had some great and mighty warriors on his side, but he was facing a massive army, almost two times larger than his own. All of us, at some point, have felt the weight of being overwhelmed by the situation(s) in front of us. In those moments, we make a pivotal decision…Where will we turn?
When we make the decision to turn to our vices, our own strength, or whatever brings us some sort of temporary comfort, we fall immediately to defeat. I’m sure that Asa had a plan and had his men set out strategically. We read in verse eight that he had a lot of men of might and valor…these were words used to describe the baddest of the bad in biblical warrior terms. However, plans and preparation are not where Asa placed his complete trust. He placed his trust in the LORD.
“O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you…” That last phrase is so powerful! Our every breath is reliant upon God’s power to sustain it. We are held together by his very will. He is unstoppable. Nothing is impossible for him. He is our greatest source of comfort, strength, and peace. He is the first place that we should turn when we feel overwhelmed by our circumstances, whatever they may be. “…we rely on you…” What an amazing cry for help and a comforting place to find hope!
Pray that scripture this week…pray it everyday! Especially in the moments that you feel overwhelmed. “O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you…” I pray that each of us would look to the Lord for our strength and our help; for truly, he is the only source that really works.