Prompt: Share about a scripture that has be meaningful to you recently?
During Asa’s father Abijah’s reign, an army from Israel marched on Judah, completely surrounding the Judean army. I think Abijah probably panicked along with the soldiers because the Bible says that they prayed desperately to God and He gave them the victory (13:14-15).
Shortly after Asa came to the throne himself, an army of over a million Ethiopians marched against him into Maresha. But Asa prayed to God like his father, and God delivered Judah.
Now, Asa faced another threat—smaller than Ethiopian army—but still a threat. Maybe he panicked when he heard about Baasha, the King of Israel, coming to attack him, but I don’t think he did. He probably thought, “I can handle this one.” So he took some gold from God’s temple treasury and sent it to a neighboring country, asking Ben-Hadad, King of Amram, to ally with Judah against Israel. Obviously, this reaction did not please God.
Just after that, Hanai the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said, “Because you went for help to the king of Aram and didn’t ask God for help, you’ve lost a victory of the army of the king of Aram. Didn’t the Ethiopians and Libyans come against you with superior forces, completely outclassing you with their chariots and cavalry? But you asked God for help and he gave you the victory. God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him. You were foolish to go for human help when you could have had God’s help. Now you’re in trouble – one round of war after another.”
2 Chronicles 16:7-9, The Message.
Unfortunately, I really see myself in Asa. When I face the great Ethiopian army–when I am completely overwhelmed, nearly defeated, I cry out to God and he saves me. But all too often, I am faced with small threats, life pressures. I think, “I can do this on my own.” I don’t consciously think “I don’t need God.” I just forget to call out to him. Instead, I give more time and effort to solving the problem and give a little less time and effort to God… And I end up in trouble—overwhelmed, stressed out, drowning in life.
I get through it like Asa did. He didn’t die that time—he reigned for forty one years—but he kept thinking he could do it himself. As a result, he missed the miracles God might have done if Asa had just called for help. Isn’t that sad?
How many miracles do you and I miss because we’re determined to do things on our own, because we forget to trust, forget to call “Help, God!”?