Let God Fight Your Battles.
In my daily bible reading I recently read about King Asa (2 Chronicles 14 & 15). This lesser known King was one of the few good kings from Israel’s and Judah’s history.
In 2 Chronicles 14 we read how Asa is faced up against an army of thousands upon thousands. I can relate to that. At the moment it feels like everywhere I turn there is a new problem. It feels like God is saying that if I want to have a time of peace first I need to get through the war.
But back to Asa. Like I said he was a pretty good King. Instead of running with his tail between his legs Asa acts very rationally. He cried out to God. And what is Gods response? Well we can read it in 2 Chronicles 15:2:
The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.
When Asa cried out to God, God responded and fought the battle for Asa. Why? Because Asa was with God and so God was with him.
It seems remarkably simple really doesn’t. Trust in God and he will fight the battle. It shouldn’t be that difficult to live out really should it? But for some reason it is.
Later we read that Asa gets caught up in politics and makes a treaty with a foreign King so that they can rely on each other for protection. Asa stops relying on God and relies on his own intelligence and the power of men.
God’s response this time is quite different:
You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war. 2 Chronicles 16:9
All to often we forget what God has done in the past. We forget what he is capable of. And so we try and do it our own way, and usually make it worse.
Maybe when in the midst of our problems we should act rationally and pray. Because God is with us, when we are with Him.