A challenge from 2 Chronicles 16 and Psalm 143

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you.  Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”  —2 Chronicles 16:7

Asa, like us, learned a lesson the hard way.  He did NOT rely on the Lord, but on human strength, and lost big-time. Hanani had to remind him of the time he DID rely on the Lord, and the enemy was handed over to him.  How many times do we need to see this in our own lives?  How often I am stupid, forgetting the providence (God SEES all, KNOWS all and PLANS all) of God and I choose to rely on my own wisdom (foolishness really!) and make a mess of things.

Challenge for today:  whatever problem or enemy you face today, hand it over to God and rely on Him to fight the battle for you!  TRUST in God!  Pray the prayer of the Psalmist David that is also in our reading for today, Psalm 143:7-11

Answer me quickly, O Lord!
My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
I have fled to you for refuge!

Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!

For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!


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