Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Praise & Petition the King

by Patte Smith

"Lord, there is none beside Thee to help." 
~ 2 Chronicles 14:11

Remind God of His entire responsibility.
"There is none beside Thee to help."

The odds against Asa were enormous.
There was a million of men in arms against him...
It seemed impossible to hold his own against that vast multitude.
There were no allies who would come to his help;
his only hope, therefore, was in God.
It may be that your difficulties have been allowed to come to so alarming a pitch
that you may be compelled to renounce all creature aid...
and cast yourself back on your Almighty Friend.

Put God between yourself and the foe.
To Asa's faith, Jehovah seemed to stand between the might of Zerah and himself,
as one who had no strength.
Nor was he mistaken.
We are told that the Ethiopians were destroyed before the Lord and before His host,
as though celestial combatants flung themselves against the foe in Israel's behalf,
and put the large host to rout,
so that Israel had only to follow up and gather the spoil.
Our God is Jehovah of hosts,
who can summon unexpected reinforcements at any moment to aid His people.
Believe that He is there between you and your difficulty,
and what baffles you will flee before Him,
as clouds before the gale.

~ F. B. Meyer

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