2 Chronicles 14
Asa, the king of Judah, had experienced nothing but peace in his kingdom for the first ten years. He built fortified cities, made sure his kingdom was pure, raised up an army of 580,000 men, and sought the LORD.
It has been my experience that I am entering a trial, in the middle of a trial, or exiting a trial most of my life. If you have no troubles in your life, hang on, because they are coming. They always do.
This is what happened to Asa. He was minding his own business living the peaceful life in Judah, and along comes an Ethiopian Warlord with a million man army, not to mention 300 tanks (chariots) to pick a fight with him. Asa had a large army, but he was outnumbered more than two-to-one. For a guy that had never fought a battle in his life this terrified him.
He knew that he could not win this battle on his own. He was nervous, but he wasn’t a coward. He took the fight to horde at his border. Instead of an immediate engagement, he cried out to the LORD. Asa understood that if God would fight for him, the victory was assured. Well, God did fight and God defeated the Ethiopians. Then Asa and his men took all the spoils of war from the defeated army and enjoyed the riches.
In Genesis 50:20 Joseph said, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Joseph’s brothers meant him harm when they sold him into Egypt, but God had another purpose in mind. He wanted to bring about a great blessing. We go through trials in our lives usually so that God can bring about a great blessing. The Ethiopian Warlord meant evil, but God had another plan.
When Asa first saw the million man army at his doorstep, he probably thought his life was over. Have you ever felt this way? Perhaps there is an impossible situation going on on your life. You can not see a way out. Then let Asa be your example. Cry out to God.
Paul, in writing to the Romans, said, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Do you love God? You know He loves you. If you do, then you know He has a plan for you. Therefore, cry out to Him and watch Him put your enemies to flight and bless you beyond what you could think or ask.