Updated: Mar 10, 2021
There are seasons when we experience God‘s rest, where the very state of our being is undisturbed, these are the moments we are to continue fortifying our Faith in Christ. Even when things are going well we are not to stop being intentional with God. Asa was a faithful king of Judah, who began well, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. This king was calculated & intentional in his actions towards God, destroying idol worship in Judah, fortifying his territory and building his army without interference of any war.
For the Lord gave him rest-
Asa acknowledge this rest, when he said vs7 “ the land is still ours because we sought our God.”
Being intentional with God goes beyond reading His word but allowing His word to be rooted within us that it directs our actions and acknowledgment towards Him. The relationship we have with our Father in Heaven prepares us how to handle the unknown.
And just like that Asa’s years of peace came to an end when a huge army led by Zerah the Cushite attacked Judah at Mareshah.
But Asa’s faith took him to another level of God’s help, His protection.
Asa’s Faith Prayer; Trusting God
Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!” 2 chron 14:11
God responds to Asa’s Faith in Him
So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah, and the enemy fled. Asa and his army pursued them as far as Gerar, and so many Ethiopians fell that they were unable to rally. They were destroyed by the Lord and his army, and the army of Judah carried off a vast amount of plunder. While they were at Gerar, they attacked all the towns in that area, and terror from the Lord came upon the people there. As a result, a vast amount of plunder was taken from these towns, too.” 2 chron 14:12-14
Let your faith take it’s place for action-
King Asa‘s prayer saw God’s divine intervention, he saw victory over his enemies because he chose to call upon the name of the Lord and trust Him with the very matter. And as a response, God took His people to a realm that was inaccessible to their enemies attacks.
Though the enemy appears to feel overwhelming at times, let your faith be a bigger expression of your dependency on God.
Proverbs 18:10 says “the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it, and is safe.“