CRY OUT TO GOD
Date: April 11
2 Chronicles 14:11
"Asa cried to the Lord his God, O Lord, there is none besides You to help, and it makes no difference to You whether the one You help is mighty or powerless. Help us, O Lord our God! For we rely on You, and we go against this multitude in Your name. O Lord, You are our God; let no man prevail against You!"
Asa was the king of the Southern Kingdom, Judah and he was a godly king. According to verse 8, he had about 300,000 men from Judah and about 280,000 men from Benjamin. But in verse 9 we read, "There came against Judah Zerah the Ethiopian with a host of a million [that is, too many to be numbered] and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah." As that happened, Asa took his army to the valley of Zephathah at Marashah (verse 10). But before he engaged in battle, he cried out to the Lord. This cry is what we read in verse 11.
Whenever Asa had to do something, he prayed. If we want the favor of God to be upon our lives, we have to pray for that favor of God. It doesn't just happen. We can't expect God's help in our lives if we don't cry out for it. But let's examine all the things Asa said in his prayer.
The first thing that Asa said was, "O Lord, there is none besides You to help." Asa acknowledged that God was the only One who could help him. The first thing that we see in Asa's prayer is faith.. He was full of confidence. Then Asa said, "It makes no difference to You whether the one You help is mighty or powerless." In Asa's heart was full trust and confidence in God. He knew that it didn't matter to God how great or powerless his army was. God was still going to help him.
When Asa was faced with an enemy that was much greater than him, he didn't focus on the enemy. He focused on God. So when you're faced with a challenge, do not focus on your challenge. Focus on God's ability to help you overcome that challenge. No matter what comes ahead of you, you will still overcome.
Then Asa said, "For we rely on You." That shows where his reliance was, where his faith and his trust were. Asa relied on the Lord. You cannot rely upon yourself for everything. You never know what's going to happen in the future. Only God does, so rely on God. Don't put your security in anything but in God. God will take care of you.
So when Asa was faced with his enemy, he decided not to focus on that problem. Instead he focused on God and His great ability. Then he decided to put his trust and reliance in God. But he didn't stop there. The rest of the verse reads, "We go against this multitude in Your name. O Lord, You are our God; let no man prevail against You!" So Asa and his army decided to go and fight their enemy in the name of their God. They didn't just sit there and do nothing. They took action and fought.
Our faith should move us to action. That action along with our faith will cause us to overcome any situation in our life. But we must include action with our faith. Asa and his army had to go forth and fight after they cried out to God. Then we read the results of their action in verse 12, "So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled." In other words, Asa's army started fighting and the Ethiopians started losing.
From this story, we can learn how important it is to be focused, have faith, rely upon God, and move ourselves to action. When we are faced with a challenge, we should not focus on that challenge. Instead, we should focus on the Lord and how much greater the Lord is in comparison to our problem. It doesn't matter how great and little strength we have; God can still help us. We just have to rely upon God and He will help us. Our victory is assured when we have faith and work our faith into action in the name of our God.