Saturday, March 03, 2012

Hopeless

 5For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
 6The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
 7Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
 8Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. 

Hopeless

It was hopeless! What could one small nation do against the seemingly numberless armies of her enemies.
For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee.
This was not the first time, and certainly would not be the last time that the people of God had found themselves in such a hopeless situation. Years after this psalm was written King Asa found himself in exactly the same position. As he stood facing the armies of the enemy, he cried out to God.
 10Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
 11And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.
 12So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. (2 Chronicles 14:10-12, King James Version)
God has included these passages of Scripture for our benefit so that, when we find ourselves in a hopeless situation, we may take courage and call upon God. He is never far removed from His children; He is always ready to come to their aid.

We are an independent people, and would hardly ever come to God for help unless we have been put in a situation where no help can be found. We seem to turn to God as our last resort, rather than come to Him immediately. How many troubles could be avoided if we maintained such a close fellowship with Him that we were in constant communication with Him at all times?

Why would God deem to help us? We must remember that those who war against the children of God are, in reality, warring against God Himself! We must remember God's promise given to us in Zechariah 2,
 8For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. (Zechariah 2:8, King James Version)
When life seems to be hopeless, remember, we, as His children, are the apple of His eye. How amazing is that?

God Bless You,
Linda




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