When King Abijah died, his son Asa became King over Judah. The first thing that King Asa did was destroyed all the idols, it's place of worship and the high places. He even built and fortified the cities within Judah. During his initial years of being King, there was peace in all sides of Judah. God allowed this time of rest and restoration, because He was pleased with His servant Asa.
Whenever we are comfortable, the Lord sometimes allows a time of testing of our faith. King Asa was tested when Zerah the Ethopian mounted a war against Judah with a million men. So King Asa had 580,000 men against Zerah's million. In the world's eye, Asa doesn't even have a chance to win.
In the midst of this inevitability, King Asa did what anyone ought to do when facing a formidable foe. He simply prayed and surrendered everything to the Lord--total dependence. That is where our key verse, verse 11 comes in.
Do you remember a time when everything seem to go against you? You try getting help from people, places, and doing things, but for some reason, everything seem to get worse. Well, this story of King Asa reminds us that we need to always look to the Lord for guidance and help. He is our salvation!
When King Asa cried out to the Lord, the Lord helped him win the war against the Ethopian King. Victory is ours when we give the Lord our all!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your power in our lives. Help us to always look to you during time of comfort and time of trial. Help us daily, moment by moment, to surrender our all to you!