2 Chronicles 16:7 Rely Upon God, Not Man

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of king of Aram has escaped from your hand.” 2 Chronicles 16:7

When people are faced with a difficult situation many will get desperate and go to anyone that they can for assistance. Help is seen as being needed immediately and so it does not matter where that help comes from. There is no patience or trust in waiting for the best help.

Hanani, a seer, had went to Asa and told him that because he went to the king of Aram for help, rather than relying upon God, the army would escape from him and there would be war.

Believers have read to trust in God and are told to trust and rely upon God for help, but many do not. Under a difficult situation they start to call out to God for help, but do not always wait for His help.

In His infinite and perfect wisdom, God knows the perfect way and the perfect time to solve the difficulty. This way and timing does not allows appear as best in the eyes of man. People then run quickly to others for help. In doing this they are showing that they are not relying upon God, and it will come at a high price upon their life.

At no time in history has God failed to take care of those who put their full confidence and trust in Him. He always makes a way where there does not seem to be a way. Instead of running to others for help, believers need to run to God and rely upon His promises.

During times of difficulty, it may be hard to wait upon God for His answer to the situation. The world and others may be telling you to run a certain direction, rather than running to God.

Think of all the times God fulfilled His promises with those in the Bible. Remember all the times God has already fulfilled promises in your life and taken care of you.

Now rely upon His promises. Go to Him and trust in what He says or does. He will never fail to take care of you, if you put your full trust in Him and not in other people.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will put all of your trust in God; that you will rely upon God for all of your needs; that God will give you strength to walk the path He has you on; and that you will have victory in Jesus in every situation in your life.

1 Chronicles 5:20 Crying Out And Trusting God

They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him. 1 Chronicles 5:20

During a difficult battle in life people are quick to cry out for help. Most often this help that they are crying out for is from other people, organizations or the government. Other times is it seeking help in alcohol or other drugs to help them cope with their difficult situations occurring in their life.

Several tribes of Israel went to war against the Hagrites and their allies. God delivered them because they called out to God during the battle, and He heard them and answered them because they trusted in him.

The world is quick to seek help from others in this world. Their focus is always on the surface of things and in the temporary fix, rather than the long-term fix of what is actually occurring. Many of their sources can help some, but it is often just for a very short amount of time.

Throughout the church many believers will also cry out for help in the same way. They have either not seen God do a great work in their life or they just plain do not trust God to do a great work in their life.

Instead of crying out for help from the world, believers should be so focused upon God and His word, that He is the first One they turn to for help. Knowing God’s word will help one to know what God has done, can do and His promises of what He will do.

This will build one’s faith to first cry out to God for help in times of trouble and have faith in Him.

At some point you will have a difficulty in your life that is greater than you can handle on your own. It may be tempting to run to family, friends or others for the needed help first.

Make God the one you cry out to first. He is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year anywhere in the world for you call.

Then believe God. Believe that He can and will help you in the best way for you and your situation. That is faith in God. And you can win the battle.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will first seek God for any help you need; that you will know God’s promises to you; and that you will trust God to help you in your time of battle.

Isaiah 9:11 Refusing To Return

Walking back

But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the Lord Almighty. Isaiah 9:11 

When difficulties hit a person, they usually try to run a different direction away from what caused the problems. Rather than learn from the difficulties, they will try to avoid the situation altogether.

Most people do not like to face the reason why they had a problem. They want to ignore it and move on. Or they just want to blame everyone else for the problems that they are facing, rather than take responsibility in the part of it.

When they refuse to take responsibility, they will often return again and again to the situation. They will repeat what brought on the difficulty again, because they did not learn from it.

Isaiah describes the people as refusing to return to God, when they knew it was He who had struck them. They had refused to seek Him out in the situation. This continued to bring on God’s anger with them.

God commonly uses difficult situations to get the attention of His people, when they are refusing to listen or obey Him. He had to use a whale to get Jonah’s attention.

People are quick to walk away from God and refuse to listen or obey Him. When God brings on a difficult situation in their life, instead of returning to Him, they get mad at Him and run the other direction.

In every situation in a believer’s life, he should be seeking God for direction. God should be at the forefront of his mind and thoughts. This is even more true when a believer has messed up and stepped into sin. God is waiting for him to return to Him in repentance to start over again.

God does not wait to destroy, but waits to restore and build up.

There will be days when you make a mistake and fall into sin. Rather than stay there, turn to God for forgiveness. There will also be days when struggles come in mighty waves. In the same way turn to God for help and strength.

Seek to know what God wants you to learn in every difficult situation. Don’t get angry with God and run, but go to Him and learn. God will build you up, rather than just tear you to pieces and destroy you.

Put God first in every area of your life and see what God can do with you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will run to God in every situation; that you will work to live for God; that you will trust God’s choices in your life; and that you willl allow God to build you up in Jesus.