Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22 (additional reading: Psalm Psalm 18:37-50 and Proverbs 19:27-29)
We frequently read in the Bible of God moving and even doing miraculous things in the lives of people and nations. We read these biblical stories with excitement as we observe God being so active in their lives. And yet here in modern times, at the beginning of the 21st century, we tend to think that God is much less active than He was in biblical times. But I think it would be safe to say that most, if not all of you, would love to see God as active in your life as you read about Him being in the live of people in the Bible.
One of the hardest things for a man, woman, young person, even a child to do is to humble themselves be it before another person or God. Yet it’s one of the things that will bring the richest blessings from God. In today’s text, we saw that even among some the most wicked people who have ever lived, the response of God to that person who will humble themselves before Him.
Have you ever been in what seemed to be a hopeless situation? Jereboam was one of the most wicked kings Israel ever had and he makes war with Abijah a godly king of Judah. Jereboam has 800,000 mighty men of valor and Abijah has only 400,000. Jereboam sets an ambush using a flanking maneuver he attacks from “before and behind.” The situation looks hopeless,
But this passage teaches us an important lesson. Remind your enemy who you belong to. (vv. 4-5, 10-12). As a believer you have authority! (Authority means the right to act or use power)
2 Corinthians 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds”
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
The power and authority which comes through Jesus is just the same today. It didn’t weaken over time! He is just as active today as he was 2000 years ago. If only we would humble ourselves and trust in his strength instead of our own.
Are you in what looks like a hopeless situation?
How can you trust in God’s strength instead of our own?
Father, Thank You that You are almighty and in You we are secure. Help us to trust more in You knowing that You never fail us. In Jesus’ name, Amen