God is full of surprises, isn’t He?

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King Amaziah of Judah had just hired a hundred thousand mercenaries for a huge chunk of change. But God intercepted him with a warning that trusting in ungodly methods would cause the King’s defeat “for God has the power to help or to overthrow.” “But what about all that money I’ll lose if I don’t use the mercenaries?” “The LORD can give you much more than that?” Can God really do that?

Before you answer that question put yourself in Amaziah’s sandals. Although he was  trying to follow the Bible to establish control of his kingdom, he really didn’t think trusting God alone was enough. Yeah, even though he made the mercenaries really mad, he did the right thing and sent them home. And yes, he won his first battle without them. But, even after the Lord had given him that victory, he didn’t actually believe that the LORD alone could satisfy him. Instead, he brought the idols of the defeated enemy home and worshipped them instead! Read the whole story in 2 Chronicles 25 to see how the rest of Amaziah’s life went downhill from there.

So, looking at King Amaziah’s failure to trust God alone, can we learn to trust God more… for more? It’s not the first time God told a king that He could bless him with all he wanted. After David’s adultery, God reminded him, “And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes?” (2 Samuel 12:8) And it’s not the last time that God reminds us of His desire to surprise us with his mind-boggling, ever satisfying blessings. Paul’s doxology in Ephesians 3:20,21 gives me hope to trust God for more. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we would ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Father, help me to trust you more  to supply more when I am so often tempted to do it my way, to take matters into my own hands, to savor hurts with schemes of revenge, to console my anger with contemptuous thoughts, to marinate my fears with worry, to let my mind be drawn away with lust, to limit my possessions by what I can make. I do want to really believe that You alone “can give me much more than that.” Would you surprise me?

That’s my prayer. Want to pray that for yourself, too?

For His glory,
Pastor Mike