Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22
We read frequently 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 people’s lives 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 seen 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 one of the most wicked kings Israel ever had makes war with Abijah a godly king of Judah. Jereboam has 800,000 mighty men of valour and Abijah has only 400,000. Jereboam sets an ambush using a flanking maneuver he attacks from “before and behind.” The situation is hopeless.
But this passage teaches us some lessons. Firstly 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 Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Lu 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. Prov. 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.