"The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto."-- A.W. Tozer
In myself nothing; in God, everything!
Why do I try to find the answer to my burdens, my problems, my concerns, my questions ...
in anything that “I” can do? I never do have the answers and I never will.
That verse that the LORD showed me a few days ago is from 2 Chronicles 14...Kins Asa cried out to the LORD when he was confronted with a situation. I love that Asa knew that “in himself” - not a chance. The situation “looked” impossible. Here’s his prayer;
“And Asa cried to the LORD his God, “O LORD, there is none like You to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on You, and in Your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.”
What an awesome prayer...a prayer of humility and faith. Asa isn’t looking for victory or answers in what “he” has or can do.
It’s pretty simple ... not the problem;
but the “what to do part”...
-meet the problem - “draw up your lines of battle with your “enemies" (you see Asa doing this in the previous verses 2 Chron. 14:10) ;
-Then CRY TO THE LORD YOUR GOD (verse 11);
-tell the LORD that you know there is none like Him (He knows this...this is to remind You and your enemies of the truth);
-acknowledge that you are weak ... and that something mighty stands in front of you and that HE IS YOUR HELP;
-ask for His help and reaffirm that you rely on Him, not on yourself or your own abilities;
-THIS IS IMPORTANT (also in verse 11) - in HIS NAME come against the problem;
-remember again that He is your God and ask that nothing would prevail against Him.
Here is a biblical principle, a spiritual truth not to be missed....
as we really believe, really live, really stand up in faith and confess our reliance on Him and Him alone - verse 12 is pretty exciting
“So the LORD defeated...”
Here is an example of how I might pray this as a mother with a hearts desire to live His will in our family;
As I look at each day of mothering, homemaking, home educating, teaching, training and raising these precious ones...I cry to the LORD my God;
“O LORD, there is none like You to help,
the problems and work is mighty and I am weak.
Help me, O LORD my God
for I rely on You,
and in Your Name I come against what would defeat my family.
O LORD, you are my God; let not anything prevail against You.”
And then I rest my heart and watch the LORD defeat what would try to defeat me or my family.
A little Hebrew to remember ... the word “rely" in this verse is “sha-an" - which is "an attitude of trust and ultimate dependance” on the LORD.
Today I remember and recommit to sha-an only in the LORD My God. Join me in the battle will you...let’s draw some lines in the sand and say a PRAYER!