“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!’” (2 Chronicles 25:9, NLT).

Amaziah was a king of Judah who, like any new ruler, took stock of his troops and organized his army so he could be ready to defend his nation. He counted 300,000 trained soldiers, but just to be on the safe side, he hired another 100,000 fighting men from Israel. A man of God came to him and told him the Lord wasn’t with Israel and if he took those troops with him into battle, he would lose. When Amaziah expressed concern about all the silver he had paid for the extra troops, the man of God told him the Lord could give him much more than this. So he cut his losses and sent them home. Things didn’t end up too well for him, but that’s another story.

We often do the same as Amaziah—we organize, prepare, count everything and insure everything. In spite of what we do, we will suffer many losses, but God is able to give us so much more than this life! He sees our pain and understands our sense of loss, which is normal and part of being human. He helps us through the grieving process by giving us hope in the future we have in Christ—a better, richer, full to the brim life, with no more loss and no more grieving. He can indeed give us so much more.