An Open Invitation


And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” 2 Chronicles 16:7-9.
 And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians.13 So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign. 2 Chronicles 16:12-13
Have you been robbing God of the opportunity to be glorified in your life? Much of the frustrations we face in life is really our denying God the opportunity to demonstrate Himself able to handle the problems that are too great for us. When we place our confidence in men and turn to others for help, instead of God, we deny Him the opportunity to be glorified. Our problems are really open invitations for God’s participation in our lives. Everyday, people suffer unnecessarily because they deny God the opportunity to get involved in their lives and thereby be glorified.
King Asa made a similar mistake when he placed his confidence in man, instead of God. God gave King Asa not only victory, but also unusual peace, despite the fact he was surrounded by hostile nations. The Bible records when King Asa became sick he once again placed his confidence and his life in the hands of men instead of calling upon God for his healing. As a result, he not only lost God’s blessing over his life, but his life itself.
How often, do we decide to turn from God, who has already proven Himself faithful, able and willing to see us through our struggles? Lest we forget, it is God who has kept us from being totally destroyed by our enemies – seen and unseen. He has hid us and not allowed our adversaries to know when we are weak, nor has he exposed our hidden faults.
What is it in your life that God is waiting for you to turn over to Him and give Him the opportunity to show Himself strong? Your impossibilities are really God’s opportunities. When you deny Him the opportunity to demonstrate His sovereignty, you also deprive Him of glory that is due to Him. When you need help, don’t look around but look up.
When David, faced seemingly impossible situations, he asked himself a question and came to the right conclusion. “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” Psalms 121:1-2. 

Remember, the impossibility you are facing might actually be an opportunity for God to show Himself strong.

Love ReinaBeaty.

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