On any given day, most of us are facing something enormous. Something so large it seems endless, hopeless. Broken relationships, a family in crisis, aging parents, despair at work, financial problems, you name it. The stress and sadness can be overwhelming.
The Bible speaks repeatedly on how to face enormity, and nowhere more eloquently than in the story of king Asa.
After he had done all the right things – after he had been "a good Christian" – an army of 1,000,000 troops assembled against king Asa. He certainly didn't do anything to "deserve" it. Can you relate? Let's look at what happened.
2 Chronicles 14:11-12 says, "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.' So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled."
Notice what Asa did. He made the decision to rely completely on the Lord – "We rely on you… in your name we have come."
He put God's reputation on the line – "Let not man prevail against you."
He thrust God right between himself and his opponents – "in your name we have come against this multitude."
He did not rely on his own strength.
Instead, Asa so closely identified himself with God that if that enormous army were to prevail against Asa, they would first have to prevail against God.
So what can you and I take away from this story that will help us with that enormous thing we face?
Here's The Big Idea: I will so closely identify everything I'm doing with God that before the enormity of what I'm facing can prevail against me, it will first have to prevail against God.