Tuesday Reflection – December 03, 2019
God Protects and Provides for His Servants
Today’s Watchword comes from 2 Chronicles 14: 11, “Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you”. It is part of the prayer that King Asa of Judah prayed when they were besieged by an Ethiopian army that far outnumbered them. But who was this king who prayed on behalf of his people? King Asa started reigning after the death of his father, King Abijah. The great, great grandson of King David, Asa was a good king and had a peaceful reign of forty-one years. He began his reign by restoring the purity of the Jewish religion. He called Judah back to God. It is said he removed his own grandmother from the position of queen mother because she had introduced idol worship to the palace. He loved his Lord before anything else.
We see in today’s text an example of a leader who prays. It’s always good when leaders pray. This sets the tone for those who follow. We see also from the text, a total dependence upon God. King Asa prayed from a position of submission to God’s will. He knew that without God’s help, Judah had no chance of being victorious against the Ethiopians. Note also, that the king prayed from a position of confidence. He knew who God was and he knew who he was. He knew God was a faithful God and he knew that he had been faithful to God. When a faithful person stands before our faithful God, there is nothing that will not be accomplished. In Matt 7: 8 the doctrinal text, Jesus said, everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You see friends, our God rewards our faithfulness with his provision and protection.
Don’t get me wrong now. It doesn’t mean that faithfulness will lead to the perfect life. The faithful are not promised exemption from trouble. Hezekiah was a faithful king but he faced troubles. Job was faithful and look what he endured. Paul was faithful and he was flogged and imprisoned many times. We will all go through something as long as we are faithful. Note however that those who are faithful receive a divine strength, protection and supernatural favor that those living away from God will never know. Asa prayed and God took charge of the battle, confusing the enemy in such a way led to their destruction. What the enemy owned became spoils of war for Judah. God provides for and protects those who trust in Him.I want to assure someone today that the forces building up against you, that the overpowering and overbearing presence in your way will not be able to stop you, will not be able to harm you. Those who seek your demise will be confused as they meet their defeat. Indeed ‘if God is for us, who can be against us?’ I encourage you therefore to remain faithful in prayer, faithful in service and faithful in living for our Lord. Your faithfulness is being rewarded and your needs will be provided for. Be faithful even as our God is faithful. Amen