|Today is Tuesday and what a full day it will be. I will heading to the hospital to pray with one of our dear ladies who will be having almost two feet of her intestines taken out. I am trusting that the LORD will take good care of her and help use this procedure to help her get well. In reading in II Chronicles this morning, there were a few thoughts I wanted to share. Every chapter I read was full of great truth and insight. I wish I could go chapter by chapter and show God's hand at work in the lives of the nations of the earth. We can trust Him dear friend. Here are a few items I will share:|
1) ASA'S PRAYER- In II Chron. 14:11 it reads: "And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee." Here we see the heart of this great King of Judah, King Asa. He was truly a remarkable man. He prepared his heart to seek the LORD, and God blessed him greatly. The Ethiopians came against him with one million soldiers, but God won the battle for them. God will also win our battles as we humbly seek His face. Let us draw near to our God and see the victories He brings into our lives.
2) COURAGE REWARDED- In II Chron. 19:11, in this verse we see that Jehoshaphat, King of Judah has set up judges throughout the land to deal with the matters of the people. He spends several verses charging them to be fair and judge for God without partiality. He ends this charge with this statement: "Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good." I like that! The LORD shall be with the good!! We just need to do good and deal courageously. Let us ever be true followers of God.
3) JEHOSHAPHAT'S PRAYER- II Chron. 20:6, 12, 15-"vs. 6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? vs. 12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. vs. 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's." Here we see his complete dependence upon God and we see God coming through for him and the kingdom. Our ability to humble ourselves before God is a great need in our lives. We are so proud that we don't want to take the time to be humble. Many times I have prayed with my staff laying down in my office with our faces on the floor before God. When we humble ourselves, God looks and listens! You will find this all throughout Scripture, but oh how hard it is to humble our prideful hearts. But dear friend..... it is worth it!
Well, this is all I will share today. May God richly bless you! Pastor Mike Mutchler