Instead of seeing this as a great resource, my fellow classmate used their wealth as a crutch.
Reference: Asa had an army of three hundred thousand men from Judah, equipped with large shields and with spears, and two hundred and eighty thousand from Benjamin, armed with small shields and with bows. All these were brave fighting men. (2 Chronicles 14:8 NIV)
Explore: I went to school with someone who was very wealthy. Their family owned a large, successful company and money was never an issue.
Instead of seeing this as a great resource, my fellow classmate used their wealth as a crutch. They didn’t apply themselves to their studies. They weren’t polite to their superiors. What was the point? They could pay their way and money would get them through.
They ended up leaving our school and moving to their seventh secondary school as they were failing and their excuse was that it was the school’s fault. I guess you can’t pay for everything!
Application: It was clear that Asa trusted in God. God had shown that He was faithful to those who dedicated their lives to Him. He is the greatest resource anyone could ask for.
However, this didn’t mean that Asa sat back and just made God do all the work and fight all his battles. No, he still prepared an army and played his part in leading his nation.
When it comes to relying on God, it’s good to know that He is all powerful. But it’s important to realise that He also empowers us and bestows abilities upon us to play our part.
We mustn’t become lazy or ignorant just because we have the creator of the universe on our side. Instead, may it empower us to strive for greatness and achieve the impossible with Him.
Prayer: Lord, our strength is in You, but we must step up to play our part. Help us to become disciplined warriors in the area you’ve called us to stand to make a difference with You. Amen.
What have you been called to work towards?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.