DATE POSTED: Friday, 2023-03-24
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 2 Chronicles 25:7-9
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)
BIBLE TEXT: 7 … a prophet went to the king and said to him, “Don’t take these Israelite soldiers with you. The Lord is not with these people from the Northern Kingdom. 8 You may think that they will make you stronger in battle, but it is God who has the power to give victory or defeat, and he will let your enemies defeat you.”
9 Amaziah asked the prophet, “But what about all that silver I have already paid for them?”
The prophet replied, “The Lord can give you back more than that!”
OBSERVATION: In verse 2 of 2 Chronicles 25, we are told that Amaziah was a king who did what was pleasing to God, but he did it reluctantly. No, you read my words correctly, I said this was Amaziah, not you! Although we do seem to act that way in our display of obedience to God, don’t we? But let’s tune into what happens when we follow the will of God – especially in the major decisions of life.
APPLICATION: Think about a time when you lit a fire in the woods, perhaps to roast marshmallows. Let’s assume the fire got away from you. What might be your first instinct on how to stop the spread of that fire? Now assume that you live in a close community and your house caught on fire. What might be your first reaction to control the fire from spreading to your neighbor’s house? Now assume the same thing happened at church. What might you do? I seriously doubt if anyone responded that they would call a group prayer meeting to seek God’s direction. But isn’t that what we practice when troubles arise, or when a serious response is needed for a complex issue? Snap decisions! Don’t you gather that this is exactly what King Amaziah did when he decided that he would go to war against Edom? Isn’t that what we tend to do instinctively when we know that trouble is brewing, and our attention is needed? So, let’s look into the consequences of Amaziah’s snap decisions. a). He felt like he needed more military men, if he was going to bring down Edom, so he chose to pay a large sum of silver for leasing additional men. b). He had to decide if to trust the word from an unnamed prophet and that he actually received a word from God. If Azaiah didn’t have faith enough in God to ask for His opinion about Edom, why would he listen to a prophet that the Scriptures did not even name? c). I wonder if Amaziah knew anything about God not being with the northern kingdom at the time. The Scripture does not clarify, but would the king have been so bold as to work out a deal with them for fighting on his side, if he knew that God was against them? d). Although Amaziah hired the extra men in hopes of winning the battle from sheer numbers, I wonder if he was shocked when the prophet told him that regardless of the numbers, if God was not on his side, he would probably lose the battle? Friends, I’m not sure about you, but I don’t believe I ever gave a thought to the fact that God could either help us win our battles or lose them. I’ve always been a firm believer in telling folk who seem disappointed that God had not heard their cry, that I feel pretty sure God heard them, He just didn’t give the ‘puppet’ response we insisted on Him giving to us. But if we ask a question, it should be that we are looking for a good response. With God, that could be yes, or it could be no. Are you willing to accept the ‘No’ responses as easily as you do with the ‘Yes’ responses that you really want? Can you thank God, and praise Him for the responses that you would rather not hear, because they are the right ones and come with God’s support as you seek His guidance? We serve an awesome, all-powerful God my friend. His responses are always right, and they are right on time. The reason we ask God questions is because we want to make sure that we have the right answer. Be willing to listen and obey. Never question His power. The only reason He might want numbers on the ground is to help the unbelieving public. If He said He will do something, start spending your time preparing instead of questioning His decision!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: God has the power to give victory or defeat!
PRAYER: Through the weakness and stubbornness of Amaziah, we gain wisdom on how to best approach Your throne, and also the importance of accepting Your direction and Your promise to be with us always. We are such a hard-headed bunch dear Lord, please draw us close to You and continue to teach us the importance of always looking to You rather than making our own careless and uneducated decisions. You are all-knowing and all-powerful dear God, please help us to not mess up by going off on our own with silly ideas like Amaziah did. May we be so attuned to Your Word, and in such close relationship with You, that the Holy Spirit will easily drive us towards Your truth and Your will. Please open the eyes of the unsaved and draw them to Yourself. May they see You in Your greatness and desire a close and intimate relationship with You. Please help us to not be a stumbling block in the path of Your ministry to others. AMEN!
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