Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Desperate Need

Levi layed in bed tonight wrestling with the notion that he is only 4.  And with this age comes only 4 year old strength and 4 year old abilities.  Being the middle child he is not very comfortable with this idea.  Inside this skinny little kid roars the heart and passion of a kid twice his size.  Though he looks up to his dad, he is having a hard time coming to terms with not being as strong as him.  Maybe it's because I'm the only girl living in a house full of boys that I cannot fully appreciate his dilemma.  Like only God can do,our devotion tonight was about an Old Testament king that had a dilemma of not measuring up.

The story takes place during the reign of King Jehospaphat at a time when the Kingdom of Israel was a popular target for neighboring nations.  A large army was ready to wage war on them.  Jehospaphat had just a few options:

A) Ready his army for what was sure to be a blood bath
B) Cower and take cover
C) Seek God and His strength

The first 2 completely take God out of the picture.  The last one only requires an admittance of great need.  That may not always be the easier option as we pride ourselves on a can do attitude and unbridled enthusiasm for charging ahead.  But thankfully the king was able to see his desperate need.

"O our God, will you not judge them? 
For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. 
We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." 
2 Chron. 20:12
I may not be 4 or the king of a country, but I CAN see that sometimes the biggest challenge is not the fight, but seeing that I need God to fight it for me. 
I am not good enough to save myself, but God is.
I am not strong enough to fight alone, but God is.