Amaziah's God of Plenty

Kevin DeYoung

READ : 2 Chronicles 25:1-28

“The Lord can give you much more than that.” (v. 9 NIV)

Amaziah’s reign was far from perfect, but it did include a great victory.

Amaziah marshaled together 300,000 fighting men to fight against Edom. Just to be safe, he hired 100,000 Israelite mercenaries for a hundred talents of silver. But a man of God warned the king otherwise, saying “the Lord is not with Israel” (v. 7). “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?” asked Amaziah (v. 9). The man of God replied with one of my favorite lines in the Bible: “The Lord can give you much more than that.” So Amaziah dismissed the troops and won the battle.

God seems to enjoy victory most when it seems most improbable. He turned away most of Gideon’s men, accomplished salvation through a cross, and builds his church through servants who are “jars of clay.” God loves to beat the odds. And he loves it when we trust him for more than we can ask or imagine. Some people think this means that God will make them rich and healthy. That’s the wrong application of this promise. But never taking risks for God is also wrong. Recklessness is bad, but so is faithlessness. “Depend on it,” Hudson Taylor famously remarked, “God’s work done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supplies.”

PRAYER

Lord, make me not just responsible, but faith-filled.