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.

2 Chronicles 14:11 Who To Call In Tough Times

Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.” 2 Chronicles 14:11

During times of trouble people do many different things. Some will run and hide, some will fight, while others will cry out for help. The help many seek will be from the world, other people or anything else to get what they desire.

As a huge Cushite army was coming up against Judah, Asa, king of Judah, called upon God for help.

In the process of seeking help, people will usually go to someone whom they can physically see and touch. While people can help other people, often they cannot always help, or it is not in the best way possible. Many times, the help is just a covering up of the problem, rather than solving the problem, such as when people turn to drugs for the needed help. Or the help is just not available.

Believers, on the other hand, have a source of help that is always available and never fails and gives the perfect help needed. Instead of turning to the world for help first, believers need to turn to God first.

God may do a miraculous touch in the situation, or He may send the believer to someone else for the needed help. Either way, the believer gets the needed help in the best way possible. It is what will give God the greatest honor and build the believer in his walk with the Lord. He will rely upon God before anyone or anything else.

Throughout your life you will have times of difficulties in which the world is coming against you with a vast army. It may appear as though you are doomed to be destroyed or crushed and part of you will die.

Instead of running to the world, turn to God. Call upon God for help. He is waiting for your call. In His great love and mercy, He is ready and willing to help you as you trust in Him and allow Him to have control of your life and your situations. Watch and see what God can do for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God first in every difficulty; that you will trust and rely upon God’s help and strength; that you will see God at work in your life; and that you will see God’s hand of deliverance.

Zephaniah 3:12 The Remnant Will Trust God

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But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord. Zephaniah 3:12 

In every battle or war, there are some that survive the battle after the attack. While there are many who will surrender to the enemy and no longer fight, there are always some who will not surrender. They will hold on to what they believe and never give up. They will trust that in the end they will win the war.

Most of those who hold on like this are doing it out of extreme pride, both national and self pride. They feel as though they cannot surrender for anything.

God tells Zephaniah that as He strikes Israel to punish them, He will leave a remnant behind. This remnant will be meek and humble, but will also trust God for everything.

Most people feel that they can and must fight their own battles on their own, without any help. It is all about their own pride that they can do it without help. To ask for or rely upon help is seen as a weakness. They do not want to ever be seen as if they cannot take care of themselves.

Believers are to have a different view than that of the world. They are to be meek and humble, realizing that they cannot do anything upon their own abilities. They have to place all of their trust upon the Lord.

While believers must be meek and humble and trusting in God, many within the church are not this way. Many in the church have the same mindset as that of the world and try to do everything without God.

There is a remnant in the church who do fully trust God. These few do not try to take the limelight and do things on their own.

In your own life, you must choose who you will trust or what you will trust in. It is either you trust in God or you trust yourself and this world. There is no middle ground. God will spit out all who are in the middle.

Humble yourself before God, knowing that you cannot do it without Him. Then, as part of the remnant, the few, trust God to work in and through you. Trust God’s power and abilities. Trust God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you and give you what you need to win the war in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a part of God’s remnant few on this earth; that you will trust wholly in God’s words, power and abilities; and that you will be a part of God’s conquering army.