Relying on the Lord

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Chronicles 13-16

This section of Scripture deals with two kings, Abijah and his son Asa. They had this in common: they relied on the Lord (13:18; 14:11). O, that this might be the common bond between us and our children, that we all rely on the Lord our God for all of our needs, physical and spiritual!

Abijah was outnumbered by Jeroboam, king of Israel, two to one. But Judah was victorious and the writer makes the reason clear: “They relied upon the Lord.”

Regarding Asa, we read that he “did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God” (14:2). Our fellow human beings only see part of us. God sees us through and through and what is important is that we do what is right in His sight.

Asa broke down idolatrous altars. We must stand in opposition to all that is wrong, using our influence to rid the world of evil, using means appropriate to righteousness. He commanded others to seek the Lord. We are not kings with power to command, but we do have many opportunities to influence others, especially our own children. When an Ethiopian army of a million strong came against him, Asa was given the victory because he relied on God. May our reliance, too, be upon Him.

PRAYERFather, give us the grace to rely on You in every circumstance of life. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.