God Has Much More
In the past couple of months, all across the country, at every Epic Conference and at every Cru Winter Conference, college students have been invited to sign this pledge:
Lord Jesus, I surrender to you and in the power of Your Spirit, I will…
- Go where You want me to go
- Do what You want me to do
- Say what You want me to say
- Give what You want me to give
The possibilities from this are endless. God is able to direct and mobilize a whole new generation of leaders to make a difference for good. To me, this posture of willingness to go anywhere and do anything is the single most crucial decision in the life of a believer. Coming to a point of surrender of our entire lives unleashes God’s Spirit to move, empower and bring about eternal change.
A couple of months back my Bible reading plan, via my Annual Bible app on my iPhone, had me in 2 Chronicles. The second half of the book chronicled (ah, such an appropriate name!) the reigns of the Kings of Judah. Some kings followed the Lord, some did evil, some started off well but ended up in misery. One king in Chapter 25 caught my eye. He was 25-year-old, King Amaziah, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. He was described as a king who “did right in the sight of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart.” (v2). He decides to go to war and counts 300,000 able men in Judah. He goes on to hire an additional 100,000 warriors from Israel for one hundred talents of silver.
A man of God comes to him and says,
“O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the LORD is not with Israel nor with any of the sons of Ephraim. But if you do go, do it, be strong for the battle; yet God will bring you down before your enemy, for God has power to help and to bring down.” (v7-8)
Amaziah naturally asks,
“But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?”
I love the response of the man of God,
“The LORD has much more to give you than this.”
King Amaziah had invested money into trying to win this battle against Edom. The man of God reminded the king the battle ultimately is won by God, not by the size of the army. Back in 1 Samuel 14, Jonathan and his armor bearer go up against the Philistine army.
“for the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few.” (v 6)
God did and does have power to help and to bring down. I often forget, but when it comes to the challenges I face,
“the LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
I didn’t know what a hundred talents of silver amounted to until I looked in the margins of my Bible. $38,400,000. That’s A BIG chunk of change. And yet God had MUCH more to give to King Amaziah than this. I’m challenged in my own life. Do I really believe God’s power and resources are unlimited? Do I grip onto what I consider to be valuable because I think it is all up to me? Can I trust that God is able to restore, replace and/or provide if I give it ALL to Him? Can I trust God if I give ALL of me to Him?
You and I, and all of the students who signed the pledge have but one life to live. We can live out our days grasping after things that rust and moth destroy or grab hold of Him, the One who has much more to give you than this….
How about you? Will you trust Him with the challenges you currently face? Will you trust Him?