Do you ever think that God needs your help? Let me put this another way. How much of a planner are you? Are you constantly active, trying to make things happen on your time or do you make your best effort at a "plan" and then sit back and wait for God to take care of the rest (timing, resources, etc.). How much do you pray?
I think to some extent at various times in our lives we are all guilty of trying to help God work His plans for our lives. Unfortunately when we get impatient or prideful and try to "help", we often do so at the peril of God's best wishes for us. In 2 Chronicles 25, King Amaziah was no different. He wanted to "help" and was cautioned otherwise. Fortunately for him, he listened...this time.
Once Amaziah was well established as king, he decided it was time to go fight the Edomites. He was able to organize a massive army of 300,000 men from Judah and Benjamin. However, he still saw the need to hire an additional 100,000 men from Israel. This is where Amaziah thought he would "help" God. This is when God spoke to Amaziah through a prophet. Let's take a look.
"But a man of God came to him and said, "Oh king, these troops from Israel must not march with you, for the Lord is not with Israel - not with any of the people of Ephraim. Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow." (2 Chr 25:8-9 NIV)
APPLICATION #1: We need to choose our alliances carefully. Remember that God isn't "with" everyone.
APPLICATION #2: God can open or close the door to any plans we have for our lives.
At this point in our chapter, Amaziah heeded the advice of the man of God, but only after he questioned God's plan.
Amaziah asked the man of God, "But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?" The man of God replied, "The Lord can give you much more than that." (2 Chr 25:9)
Alrighty then. I get the point. And so did Amaziah. He let the troops go, went to battle and won, God's way. This leads us to my final application.
APPLICATION #3: God doesn't need our help. Think about it. Why would God in all of His infinite majesty need us? If we would stop meddling in God's business He will show us His glory and give us much more than we ever dreamed possible.
So in closing, for you personally today...
- What are you trying to "help" God to do?
- In what area of your life are you trying to fix/achieve on your own, rather than waiting for God to come and take over?
Remember, that God doesn't need our resources. He can do much better than us.