The LORD can give you much more than this

2 Chronicles 25
Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years.
He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly.
He gathered “three hundred thousand choice men..”
He hired “a hundred thousand fighting men from Israel for a hundred talents of silver.”

However a man of God told him not to bring in the people of Israel to the battle as the Lord God is not with them.
Then Amaziah asked 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.
Of course Amaziah won the battle thereafter.
If we read on from the book of 2nd Chronicles 25, Amaziah turned away from God and worship other Gods, he died.

The interesting verse that caught my eyes was verse 9.
Amaziah felt it was a big lost to let the hired Israel troops go, afterall it cost a hundred talents!!
The man of God told him, almost like “forget about it.. The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.”
What comforting words are these from the man of God, knowing that despite of any financial losses we may have incurred, but if we listen to the word of God and do his work, the return gained in whatever ways are worthed way more than “a hundred talents.” Are you saying Hallelujah yet? Amen!

How much have you spent? And still dwelling over the “cost” of those things that are drawing you away from God?
Let God be right, and man be wrong. Give all of them up for a closer walk with God.
“Obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22) thus saith the Lord through Samuel his prophet.
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:7,8)

Still thinking about the hundred talents? Or will you let that go as “The LORD is able to give thee much more than this?”

Side Note Commentary:
Matthew Henry
Amaziah was no enemy to religion, but cool and indifferent friend. Many do what is good, but not with a perfect heart. Rashness makes work for repentance. But Amaziah’s obedience to the command of God was to his honour. A firm belief of God’s all-sufficiency to bear us out in our duty, and to make up all the loss and damage was sustain in his service, will make his yoke very easy, and his burden very light. When we are called to part with any thing for God and our religion, it should satisfy us, that God is able to give us much more than this. Convinced sinners, who have not true faith, always object to self-denying obedience. They are like Amaziah; they say, But what shall we do for the hundred talents? What shall we do if by keeping the sabbath holy we lose so many good customers? What shall we do without this gain? What shall we do if we lose the friendship of the world? Many endeavour to quiet their consciences by the pretence that forbidden practices are necessary. The answer is, as here, The Lord is able to give thee much more than this. He makes up, even in this world, for all that is given up for his sake.

Geneva Study Bible Comments
He shows that if we depend only on God, we will not need to be troubled by these worldly things, for he will give at all times that which will be necessary if we obey his word.


~ by ymsim on 2010/01/23.

One Response to “The LORD can give you much more than this”

  1. Very encouraging perfect aide to my devotion this morning. I’ve always loved this scripture but this brought out more about this story than I initially had perceived!

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