2 Chronicles 16:7-9
And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”
We can rely on people. We can rely on ourselves. We can rely on our paychecks, our titles, our cars, houses, and land. We can rely on our leaders. At the end of the day; however, the only thing that matters is that we rely on the Lord. Asa didn’t defeat the Ethiopians and the Lubim. The Lord did. Asa relied on the Lord to deliver him, and so the Lord did. The Lord is searching for those whose heart is loyal to Him…for those who rely on Him, and trust fully in His might. He will show Himself strong for those who do. If we do not; however, we will have wars. Wars will be all around us…in our relationships, at our jobs, in our finances, in our neighborhoods, and in our minds….and victories will slip from our hands. Only God can defeat the enemy–and He has! Satan has already been defeated, and it is the One who defeated Him on which we must rely. We simply must put our faith in the Lord, boldly run to His throne, and allow His wings to cover us. He will show Himself strong. He will fight the battle.
Pr. 21:31 says, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord!”
Oh, Lord, help us to fully rely on You. We are so independent and so wrapped up in the moment that simply allowing You to fight the battles sometimes feels like the battle won’t be fought at all. Your Word says that is not so. Deliverance is of You! You will show Yourself strong for us. In our own strength we only make wars, but relying upon Your strength brings the victory. Help us to give up our independence, humble ourselves before You, and truly…once and for all…trust in Your might. Let us see You strong, and let us worship Your might.