Never Fully Prepared

2 Chronicles 14:9 – There came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an army of a million troops, and three hundred chariots; and he came to Mareshah.

King Asa had spent years rebuilding the strength and military numbers of Israel and had done an excellent job.  Eventually he was able to raise an army of over 500,000 men – which would have been a strong confidence for the people of Israel and a deterrent to the surrounding nations against attacking Israel. 

Yet Asa’s 500,000 men paled in comparison to the millions of Zerah’s troops who came out against them. 

No matter how well prepared you are, and how diligent you’ve been at stewarding the resources that God has given you, there will always be challenges to face that are greater than the resources you have to deal with them.  God allows this to happen to increase our dependence upon Him, and so that our victory does not belong to us, but to Him. 

Asa cries out to the Lord, and then arises in faith to attack the army.  Although the odds were overwhelming, Israel carries a massive victory. 

It doesn’t matter what is coming against you – it only matters who is with you!

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