28 Jun Kyle’s Bible Journal June 24-30
2 Chronicles 25:6-10
He also hired a hundred thousand fighting men from Israel for a hundred talents of silver.
But a man of God came to him and said, “Your Majesty, these troops from Israel must not march with you, for the LORD is not with Israel—not with any of the people of Ephraim. Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow.”
Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?”
The man of God replied, “The LORD can give you much more than that.”
So Amaziah dismissed the troops who had come to him from Ephraim and sent them home.
Many times we use the “sunk cost” fallacy to continue doing something to completion even if God has called us away to something else. There’s a feeling of “God would want me to steward this to the end.” Even though He’s the one calling you away. I like that Amaziah asked about the money, if he should try and get it back or what he should do, and that the answer was “The Lord can give you much more than that”
We see the disciples laying it all down immediately and following Jesus, and we have another story of the rich young ruler.
Matthew 10:21-22 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
I want that attitude when asked to do something. Whatever I’m giving up “The Lord can give me much more than that.”
God I trust You with every aspect of my life and if You ask me to give anything up, to follow You, or to walk in Your victory, please give me the strength to do it.