Early in the reign of Asa God allows him to be tested. Asa had determined to walk in the ways of the Lord. He removed the foreign altars and experienced peace for ten years. But in the tenth year of his reign the Cushites marched against him with a million men. Against this overwhelming force Asa called upon the Lord and said, "LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD, our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you."
Recently our family watched a wonderful movie titled, Faith Like Potatoes. The film, based on the novel Faith Like Potatoes, tells the story of Angus Buchan. Buchan, a South African farmer suffers a series of seemingly insurmountable losses; yet, he experiences the intervention of God as he expresses an unwavering faith in the power of God. This story captures the truth that God works in impossible situations on behalf of those who have faith in Him.
Asa experiences divine intervention when he cries out to God. He defeats an overwhelming and vastly superior army. The Bible is filled with stories such as this, smaller armies route larger armies, a youth with a sling shot overcomes a giant with a spear, three hundred of Gideon's men route an overwhelming force and women (Deborah) experienced great victory in the field of battle. The common denominator in all these battles is trust in the Living God. The God of heaven acts in a mighty way on behalf of people who place their faith in Him to prove His power. Power for the powerless!
The same God who acted on the behalf of Asa waits today to hear the simplest child of God call upon Him in faith. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Even faith as small as a grain of a mustard seed excites the heart of God and ignites the activity of God. What army is coming against you? Is it a financial issue, a marriage difficulty or a wayward child? Whether work, home or church, the God of heaven still awaits to act on behalf of those who trust in Him.
“The condition for a miracle is difficulty, however the condition for a great miracle is not difficulty, but impossibility.” Angus Buchan
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
1 Kings 14:29-31; 2 Chronicles 12:15-116; 1 Kings 15:1-8; 2 Chronicles 13:1-20a; 2 Chronicles 13:21-14:1a
- Describe Abijah's relationship with God and how that affected his leadership.
- How does Abijah's kingdom differ from that of Jeroboam?
- How does God honor Abijah's devotion to Him?
- Describe Asa's leadership style and walk with the Lord.
- Describe Jeroboam's successor.
- What role does the teaching of the law have during Asa's reign?
- How does God affirm Asa's leadership?
- What does it cost King Asa to fully obey the Lord?
Ask the Lord to help you exercise faith in Him in spite of your circumstances.