And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this. (2 Chr 25:9)
Amaziah, king of Judah, spent 100 talents to hire 1 lakh soldiers from the king of Israel. But, a man of God came and told him not to take these borrowed men for battle since God is not with them. Initially, the king thought about the money that he had spent in hiring them. The prophet assures him that God is able to give him “much more than this.”
In the past, we may have found security in many things. We may have spent MONEY on something that does not honour God – gadgets, clothing, studying academic courses which were not meant for us; or spent our TIME doing unprofitable stuffs – tech-savvy time-wasters; or spent our ENERGY on ungodly or unnecessary purposes – computer games, watching videos, excessive physical games, or spent our resources in harbouring ungodly relationships, befriending wicked people (see Psalm 1:1). We may be enjoying an expensive hobby which has wasted money, energy and time without blessing someone; without giving God any glory. Like king Amaziah, if God has exposed a wrong decision or choice which we have made in our lives, we are to correct the mistake immediately (in the godly manner) – even if it is going to cost us a lot. God is able to give us much more than what we have already spent unwisely or ungodly, without God’s counsel.
We cannot have victory if we find security in what the world offers, or watch what the world watches, or talk like the world talks, or do what the world delights in. Give it up! Let go of it! Get rid of that friendship, that ungodly clothing, destroy those wicked books, delete that filthy stuff from the gadget, remove that pirated music from the computer, run away from that habit that leads to sin – cut off and pluck out (Matt 5:29-30; 18:8-9).
When God places His finger on that very tender spot in our life that we need to deal with, how will we react? When He points out that very precious thing which should be forsaken, that time-consuming useless hobby, that very energy-intensive habit that needs to be given up, what will be our response? Humble and correct? Or, resist and rationalize? King Amaziah knew the consequences of disregarding (ignoring) God’s guidance and he immediately corrected his mistakes, although it would cost him money and his friendship with the kingdom of Israel. On the other hand, we read of another king named Ahab who did not listen to prophet Micaiah’s words. Instead, king Ahab put Micaiah in prison and went to battle and was killed (1 Kings 22:27).
Those who trust in God’s providence do not need back-up plans.
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (Ps 20:7)
Do not trust on our own strength or in the security that the world provides (Jer 17:5). Trust in God who is able to provide (Jer 17:7).
God will supply our need, not our greed
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19).
What do we lack in our life? Do we actually need it or do we just want it (Jas 4:3)?
A godly person will be able to say like David, with faith, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psa. 23:1). Such a person believes that God “has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet 1:3) and will be content (Phil 4:11).
God is able to give us much more than what the world offers!
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1Cor 2:9)
When we start understanding this truth, we will start to choose God than to enjoy the passing (fleeting) pleasures of sin (Heb 11:25). Some don’t have victory over sin because even after God has exposed and convicted them of their sins, they don’t believe that God is able to give them much more than the rubbish that they dearly cling on to. Such proud people who find security in perishable things cannot have victory. Jim Elliot, the young missionary martyred in Ecuador wrote in his diary when he was 22 years old, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Are we leading a victorious Christian life? We should be able to testify that the Lord has given us much more than what the world offers and experience God as Jehovah jireh – the God who provides.