The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), June 9
He removes the foreign altars and experiences peace for ten years. But in the tenth year of his reign, Zerah the Ethiopian marches against him with a million men—an overwhelming force. Asa calls upon the Lord and says, “LORD, is is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You” (2 Chron. 14:11).
The movie Faith Like Potatoes tells the story of Angus Buchan. Buchan, a South African farmer, suffers a series of seemingly insurmountable losses; yet, he experiences God’s intervention as he expresses an unwavering faith in His power. This story captures the truth that God works in impossible situations on behalf of those who have faith in Him. Like Asa and his situation.
Asa experiences divine intervention when he cries out to God. He defeats an overwhelming and vastly superior army. The Bible is filled with stories such as this, in which smaller armies rout larger armies, a youth with a slingshot overcomes a giant with a spear, three hundred of Gideon’s men rout an overwhelming force, and Deborah experiences great victory in the field of battle. The common denominator in all these battles is trust in the Living God. The God of heaven acts in a mighty way on behalf of people who place their faith in Him to prove His power. Power for the powerless!
The same God who acted on the behalf of Asa waits today to hear the simplest child of God call upon Him in faith. Without faith it is impossible to please Him.
Even faith as small as a grain of a mustard seed excites the heart of God and ignites the activity of God.
What army is coming against you? Is it a financial issue, a marriage difficulty or a wayward child? Whether at work, home or church, the God of heaven still awaits to act on behalf of those who trust in Him.
“The condition for a miracle is difficulty, however the condition for a great miracle is not difficulty, but impossibility” (Angus Buchan).
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading(1 Kings 13:1-15:34; 2 Chronicles 11:18-23; 12:1-15:19):
What does the old prophet’s interaction with the younger prophet reveal about the spiritual state of the Levites during the early days of the Divided Kingdom?
What does Ahijah’s message to Jeroboam reveal about God?
What does Rehoboam’s lengthy reign reveal about God?
How does Abijah’s reign compare with that of Asa?