2 Chronicles 16:8 When You Rely On God

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Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. 2 Chronicles 16:8 

Relying on someone or something is something that people do all the time. They rely upon their car to get them to work. They rely on their boss to give the paycheck on time.

It is trusting in someone or something to meet a need. People put their trust in many things for many different reasons. Most of the reliance is not really thought about, but is just common everyday trust. Other times it is very specific for a special situation.

Asa had chosen to  get help from the king of Aram to fight against Israel. He had not chosen to seek God’s help in the situation. Immediately upon winning the battle, a seer came and pointed out that he had done wrong. Asa had chosen to trust in another king and his army, rather than relying upon God. He reminded Asa that whenever he relied upon God, God had come through for him.

Every believer can think of times when he cried out to God for help and God came through for him, providing what was needed at the right time. However, many believers don’t always keep crying out to God for new needs. They quickly forget what God had done and no longer rely upon Him.

Suddenly believers will turn to their own ways or the ways of the world to solve their problem. They begin to rely upon self and others, rather than putting their trust in God, forgetting how God has been faithful.

Remembering how God has been faithful will help a believer to continue to rely upon God for his every need. There is nothing too big or too small for God to deal with.

Think back on your life and remember how many times God has answered a prayer of yours. Now stand on that and keep relying upon God to meet whatever situation you are in and need help with now.

God has delivered you from situations in the past, and He will continue to do so. Do not allow yourself to turn to the world for help or to take on the situation yourself. Only trust and rely upon God. God will never fail you or do it wrong. Stay committed to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will remember how God has helped you in the past; that you will rely on God to meet all of your needs; and that you will know God’s faithfulness to you.

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2 Chronicles 6:10 Giving God The Credit

The LORD has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel.” 2 Chronicles 6:10

God had promised David, through a prophet, that his son Solomon would be the next king and would be the one to build the temple. Solomon did become the next king of Israel and did build the temple. Once the temple was built, Solomon gave God the credit for fulfilling His promises to his father David. He did not take the credit for doing these things on his own.

As people are successful at doing something, they often take the credit for doing it.  A person will brag about how he was in the right place at the right time to get it done. Or brag about how much hard work, effort and money he put into finishing the project. Very seldom will God be even mentioned in the process of getting things done.

People are selfish and want to take the credit for themselves. There are some who will give credit to other people who helped make something happen, but God is still not in the picture.

This can happen inside the church also. Some great event happened in the church and was very successful, and the head leader or leaders take all the credit for making it happen. It was those leaders who put in all the hard work to make it successful.

The one often forgotten, is God. God made it possible in many different ways. Without God, you would not even be alive. Without God, you would not be able to breathe. Without God, you would not have a purpose in life. Without God, you would not be able to move.

Everything that you have accomplished, has been done because God allowed it and gave you the ability to do it. As you accomplish something, give God the praise for it happening. Do not hold all the credit to yourself.

Realize that it was God who promised the things to be done and has given you the ability to accomplish them. Do not be selfish or ungrateful. Give all the credit where it really due…to God. He is the One who makes it happen.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will know things are done by God’s strength; that you will give God all the praise for all accomplishments in your life; and that God will be praised by others for your work done.

Ruth 1:20-21 Seeing Only Misfortune

“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” Ruth 1:20-21

Naomi was married and had two sons, both of whom were married, while she lived in Moab. Her husband and both sons died, leaving her alone and on her own. She chooses to move back to Bethlehem and tells the daughters-in-law to stay there. Ruth goes with her.

When Naomi gets to Bethlehem, she changes her name to Mara, which means bitter. She does this because all she sees is sorrow and pain in the loss of her husband and sons. She feels that God is afflicting her and only giving her misfortune.

At this point in her life, Naomi sees only what is happening and not what will occur in the future. She does not see the hand of God in her situation. She does not see that because of this move, her daughter-in-law Ruth will become the grandmother of King David and ultimately Jesus.

As you go through life there are times when things will seem to go completely against you. You will feel empty and defeated under a load of misfortune. You may even start to feel bitter towards God because of the problems He is allowing in your life, thinking that God is out to get you and destroy you.

These things could not be further from the truth. God is for you and not against you. He wants you to succeed. However, He has bigger plans for you than you can see. In order to get you to where you need to be, there are times you must take a rough path of what looks like misfortune.

Going through “misfortune” may be what it takes to move you into position for a greater work or for greater growth.

Rely on God and trust that He knows what He is doing. He is in control. Misfortune in your life may be God’s work to make you better or use you more.

Do not allow yourself to be bitter against God for any “misfortune”, just trust God in it.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will not be bitter against God; that God will use you to do great things; that God will make you into the person He needs you to be; and that you will know the joy of serving God.

Judges 4:8-9 Not Going As Told

Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Judges 4:8-9

Sisera had brought his army up to take over the Israelites. It was a very large army and Barak, who was the leader of Israel at the time, was afraid. The prophet, Deborah, told him that he was to go up against Sisera and God would be with him and deliver Israel from Sisera. Barak refused to go without Deborah going along. Since he acted this way, Deborah did go, but he would not receive the honor for winning the battle.

There are times in life when a person needs others around in order to receive needed strength to get something done. However, there are times when God may tell a person to do something alone, on his own.

Doing something new or different that is dangerous can be scary for a person. Stepping out into a new ministry or different course in life can be nerve-wracking and most people will run from it. Others will go forward with it, if someone with more experience goes with them.

When God has called you to step out and do something, you must step out alone just as God has asked you to do, and do it. Do not fear the what may or may not happen. You must trust God to guide your steps and give you the favor to accomplish what He has called you to do.

Even though Barak did go, he did not receive the honor for doing the battle, because he chose to not do it alone as he was told to do.

God honors those who honor Him. In order to honor God, you must do exactly as God tells you to do. Do not rely on others. Rely on God and God alone. If He calls you to do something, He will be with you in it and give you His favor. Trust Him today.

I pray today that you will trust God’s calling for your life; that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will lean on God and not on others for strength; and that God will do great things through you.