Silence, Stillness and Centering before God (2 Minutes)
Scripture Reading & Devotional:
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him… —2 Chronicles 16:9
This passage presents one of the most comforting truths revealed in the Word; the Mighty One always helps the weak who take refuge in Him. Those who cry out “from the ends of the earth I call to you, when my heart faints. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been a refuge, a strong tower against the enemy” (Psalm 61:2-3).
But while many benefit from this truth, others learn by suffering from not resting in the God who saves without the need of a sword or a spear (1 Samuel 17:47), or by forgetting it at the time of the test. And this is the story behind this glorious statement.
The king of Israel had a great strategy to defeat Judah. Israel was corrupted and all their kings turned their backs on God. But it was not like that with Judah. There were kings who honored God, so Judah prevailed longer than the northern kingdom. In fact, Asa is presented as a man of God (2 Chronicles 15:17). However, here he is frightened by the strength of his enemies and it only occurs to him to seek help in the arm of man (Syria) to defeat them. Jehovah reminds him that when they trusted in His arm, He delivered them from the Ethiopians and Libyans, who were very powerful. God says that Asa acted “madly.” And it is what we do when the strong storms of affliction make us look away from the great I Am.
Shouldn’t have Asa cried “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you… O great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts” (Jeremiah 32:17-18)?
Oh, son of God! He has been provision, salvation and protection for you. Recognize him on the day of affliction and He will show you His fidelity. On the other hand, if you do not honor Him and seek help outside Him, remember that He is jealous and He does not share His glory. The punishment came over Asa on that occasion, yet even after this he did not learn the lesson.
But you, rest in Him and comfort yourself in these words: “that His eyes are attentive to you at all times to strengthen you.”
Question to consider: Which word or phrase stands out to you. What might God be saying to you?)
- Who or what do you go to first for help when there is no apparent way out?
- Is prayer your last resort or is it your great advantage against the strategy of the evil one?
- Are you willing for God to act, and to rest in Him?
Prayer: Conclude with Silence (5 Minutes)
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.