Just before Mother’s Day, I saw a television commercial where a little boy goes into a jewelry shop to purchase an expensive piece of jewelry as a Mother’s Day gift for his mother. The little boy places several loose coins on the jewelry counter. The sales lady looks confused but then looks up to see the boy’s father standing behind the child, holding up a credit card, silently indicating to her that he will cover the price that far outweighs the child’s meager coins.
I couldn’t help but think that in a similar fashion, God provides for you and me the same way. Sometimes, we don’t have enough money for what we need, but then God comes along holding up the credit card behind us to cover what we lack. Sometimes, we don’t have enough resources, enough ability, enough, strength, enough rank, enough merit, or enough (you fill in the blank). So many times, we find ourselves coming up short for what we need. But, it is okay, because we have a loving Father who will cover what our lack.
Consider the following Bible examples that offer much encouragement:
1. God will cover what you lack in number and power.
II Chronicles 14
King Asa of Judah thought he was doing good when he had an army of 300,000 plus the alliance with the tribe of Benjamin who were 280,000 in number, making their defense force a total of 580,000. However, when an Ethiopian army of a million soldiers and 300 chariots came up to battle against King Asa and his people, he suddenly felt that he was coming up short. So, what did he do?
The only thing King Asa knew to do was go to God for help. Read this heartfelt plea that Asa prayed to God:
“Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power. Help us O Lord our God, for we rest in You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God, do not let man prevail against You! (II Chronicles 14:11)
King Asa realized that it didn’t matter how much they lacked in number or in power because God was in control. And guess what? God heard Asa’s plea and “struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.” (II
The scriptures don’t say exactly what happened, but God caused something to happen that made the Ethiopians afraid, and they fled from trying to battle against Judah.
Maybe you feel outweighed and powerless by your problems, but do not be afraid. Take it to the Lord like King Asa did, and God will make a way out for you that you never dreamed was possible. I know this to be true. There have been times in my life, even recently, where I had problems from which there seemed no escape, but I prayed to God for help, and He made a way for me where I could not see a way.
2. God will fight your battle.
In Judges, Chapters 6-7, the people of Israel were “greatly impoverished” because their enemies had run them into caves, raided their crops, and stolen their livestock. They were at a great disadvantage, but they called out to God for help.
God chose a man named Gideon to assemble an army of the Lord that would defeat the enemy and rescue Israel from its impoverished state. But, consider this: Gideon believed he was the weakest member of the weakest of Israel’s tribes, yet God chose him to be Israel’s hero. God dwindled Gideon’s army down from 32,000 to a mere 300 warriors.
These 300 men went up against an enemy of tens of thousands, whose camp covered a valley as “numerous as locusts.”
Not only did these 300 men lack greatly in number, but they lacked in weapons too. When they scattered around the enemy camp, all they had in their hands were trumpets, lanterns, and faith in God. But, what they lacked, God covered, because when it was all said and done, God fought the battle and won the day for Israel, giving them deliverance and victory.
You may be facing some kind of battle in your life today. Maybe you think there is no way you can overcome it because you are too weak, too outnumbered, or too outweighed. It doesn’t matter what or how much you lack, God has you covered. Just do like Gideon and his army and trust and obey God.
3. God will help you when you don’t know what to do.
II chronicles 20
A “great multitude” including armies of several different nations came up to do battle against Judah. Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was suddenly filled with fear. But, what did he do? He gathered the people of his nation all together and they went to God in prayer. The king led the prayer, proclaiming their faith in God that He was in the One in control, He was the One who had the power to help them even if they did not have the power themselves. King Jehoshaphat said this also”
“For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us, nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (II Chronicles 20:12)
God replied to Jehoshaphat through the voice of a prophet, commanding Jehoshaphat that he and his people should not be afraid, but go meet these armies. Show up for the battle, but you will not have to fight the battle, because “the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
So, King Jehoshaphat and his people obeyed God. They went down and showed up to face the battle, and when they got there, they saw dead bodies everywhere because the enemy armies had fought each other and killed each other. Once again, God provided for what His people lacked.
Maybe you are so overwhelmed by problems and trials, and you don’t know what to do like Jehoshaphat, but follow after the king’s example. Go to God in prayer and give Him your worries. Don’t be afraid. Face your problems bravely because God will be there to fight the battle and He will take care of whatever power, resources, or ability that you lack.
4. God will defend you.
II Kings 19:14
The powerful emperor of Assyria, Sennacherib, sent messengers to King Hezekiah of Judah, taunting and threatening Hezekiah and his people that he (Sennacherib) would conquer them and that their God could do nothing about it. Hezekiah went to the house of the Lord and prayed to God for help. God sent an answer to Hezekiah through the prophet, Isaiah. God’s answer was: “Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard.” (II Kings 19:20)
Additionally, God said:
“‘He (Sennacherib) shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with a shield, nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and he shall not come into this city,’ says the Lord, ‘For I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.'” (II Kings 19:32-34)
Soon after this, 185,000 warriors in Sennacherib’s camp died by “the angel of the Lord.” (II Kings 19:35) I did a little research on this, and some history and Bible scholars say that Sennacherib’s army here died of a plague that was caused by rats in the camp. Whatever the cause, the truth remains that God defended His people when they had no power to defend themselves.
Maybe you are up against something or someone far stronger than you, and you are powerless to defend yourself. Maybe you are bullied like Hezekiah was bullied, but don’t be afraid. God can and will defend you if you give Him the chance. Go to God in prayer as Hezekiah did and pray for Him to defend you.
“My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart.” (Psalm 7:10)