King Asa of Judah was between a rock and a hard place. The Ethiopians had attacked with an army of 1,000,000 men. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin had 580,000 warriors equipped to fight. By appearance, Judah was greatly outnumbered. The Ethiopians’ strategy was to overwhelm their opponents by fear of their great numbers. Against another king their strategy could have worked.
2 Chronicles 14 records King Asa’s prayer. “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against their vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!” (vs. 11)
I love what the next verse says about the outcome. “So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah, and the enemy fled.”
Yes, King Asa and his army were there, but the Lord defeated the enemy. Against all odds, they won the battle, because God was with them and fought on their behalf.
What challenge are you currently facing? Are there difficulties where you lead? Is there fierce competition in the market place? Is your family struggling with relationships? Are there more expenses than income? Are you weak or sick in body?
Take courage, my friend. You are not alone. Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, God with us. He is with you.
Our Christmas celebrations highlight the miracle that Emmanuel came in the form of a Baby and dwelt among the people. He was touched by the brokenness and frailty of humanity, delivering hope and healing to the needy.
This is the same God who loves us today. He is touched by our brokenness and frailty. He freely delivers His hope and healing. He is not caught off guard when we are. He is fully in control and has the answers we need. He is God with us.
There is a bonus to living in this age. When Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised His Holy Spirit. Today the Holy Spirit lives in all who trust in Christ. Marvel at this miracle!
Is anything too hard for God? No! We can thrive no matter what the circumstances.
We walk each day, come what may, with the God who is with us and in us.