When you remove the weekend from the picture, Wednesday always acts as the tie breaker of the five weekdays in the week. Some people look forward to Fridays but I somewhat always look forward to Wednesdays. I don’t know how to explain this but Wednesdays just feel right. It is on Wednesday evenings that my local church hosts a midweek service and it always feels nice to just come and pace around the sanctuary in prayer, lift your hands up in worship, kneel down and cry out your frustrations to God.
This particular Wednesday for starters, my sister Rosebell was smiling from ear to ear happy to see one Bob Chris who didn’t seem bothered and didn’t even care to understand what that ‘fuss’ was all about. It is easy to understand Meshack, remember him? the warmest person guy? Yeah that one, but it takes a special grace to understand my friend Bob. Anyhu, Pastor Brenda takes to the altar and she reads a scripture that will form the basis of this week’s article.
2 Chronicles 25:9-10[NLT] Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about all that silver I paid to hire the army of Israel?” The man of God replied, “The Lord is able to give you much more than this!”
When we are first introduced to king Amaziah, he is a twenty-five year old newly crowned king and the first agenda of his kingship is to go out to war with the Edomites. He had an army of three hundred thousand men but his brain tells him ‘that ain’t enough’. Have you ever looked at a plate of food and immediately there’s a war between your brain and your stomach. Your brain is thinking, ‘this food is enough’ and your stomach is like, ‘you are joking right? This isn’t one of those mind games you play is it?’
So yeah, king Amaziah decides to pay seven thousand, five hundred pounds of silver to hire an extra one hundred thousand experienced fighting men from the troops of Israel. In a turn of events however, God sends a word to the king instructing him not to include the troops of Israel he had just paid for because they had sinned against God and with them in his battalion, he was doomed to fail.
King Amaziah looks at the man of God and in his human mind, he is like, it’s alright prophet, “But what about all that silver I paid to hire the army of Israel?” Is it all gonna go to waste just like that? Am I supposed to just look beyond my losses and consider it a bad debt?
I don’t know about you, but I have made quite a number of losses in this walk of life. I have lost loved ones, I have lost money, I have lost time and I have lost opportunities or so I thought. Remind me to write about this. But really, losing I have figured is not the problem, re-living the loss is what sucks the life out of many of us. When we concentrate so much on what we stand to lose, it blinds us and we fail to see the new that is unravelling right before our eyes.
God allowed Amaziah to lose the silver he had paid to hire the troops of Israel but in return he gave him victory over the Edomites. He might not have gotten value for his money, but his soul was saved either way. What seems to be a loss, with God it is never really a loss.
Sometimes God allows us lose the battle so that we can win the war. There’s a place in life where we don’t count our losses, we count our blessings instead. There's a place where we know that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above that which we can think of and so when oceans of life rise, we keep our eyes above the waves and allow our souls to rest in His embrace.
Child of God, Beyond Your Losses