King Asa and his soldiers drew up in battle against the Ethiopian army. Although Asa’s soldiers numbered 580,000, the Ethiopian army had a million men (2 Chronicles 14:8-9). Anybody can take a brief look at this matchup and realize that Asa’s men were in trouble. They were vastly outnumbered. Look at Asa’s prayer as he assesses the situation.
Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, “LORD, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You” (2 Chronicles 14:11).
Asa first recognized that he needed help. Secondly, he realized that there was none other than God who can help him. He called this a “battle between the powerful and those who have no strength.” Asa and the people put their trust completely in the Lord’s power. They understood this victory would be for God’s glory (“in Your name”).
The Lord answered this prayer mightily, and He routed the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah. The Ethiopians, the powerful, the million man army, fled (2 Chronicles 14:12).
Asa’s Prayer Revisted Later in Life
In time, Asa began to depart from the Lord. He began to trust in men rather than in God. The Lord sent the prophet Hanani to remind King Asa of what God did for him.
“Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim an immense army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…” (2 Chronicles 16:8-9).
Yet because you relied on the Lord – What will the Lord do for His people when we rely on Him rather than on our own wisdom and strength? His eyes are moving all over the globe today, but what are God’s eyes looking for? He is looking to “strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
You may feel without strength in some way this morning. Maybe you feel outnumbered at home or at work. It might be that you look at the size of Satan’s army and you want to tuck your tail in, run and hide. Please keep these passages in mind. God’s eyes are looking to strongly support you. Give your heart completely into His care. Don’t seek the help of man first; seek the help of God first. He will deliver.
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).