Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles. 2 Chronicles 32: 7 – 8
Do you ever feel as if you are totally alone and that no one truly understands the things you are going through, or have been through? Do you ever feel as if you are just “fighting a battle” to make it from one day to the next?
So many do, and it is heartbreaking to think of their loneliness and despair. There are so many who don’t know that our loving God can help them carry those burdens. If only they knew – how their hearts could be lifted, what hope they could feel, and how different life could be. And yet, there are many who do call upon His name, but they find it so difficult to believe in His Word, in His promises, and in His love.
I recently read this statement, “It is a sad reality, but in truth, it often takes a Christian most of his/her life to learn that God really can be trusted.” What time we waste trying to do things on our own and how alone that makes us feel. Yet, we have His promise that His presence is with us and that we are never alone. Our loving Father is always with us and will help us “fight our battles”.
What a comfort to know that He understands what we are going through. He will give us strength and courage to face whatever comes our way and He will always be with us to carry us through. There is so much we can’t understand about our amazing God, but we can know that there is power in His love and wisdom. He can do things through us that we could never do alone. And we have His promise that He will take our circumstances, the painful things in our lives, and use them in some way for our good. We have His assurance that it may not be in the way we desire, or in our timing, but we have His Word that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” (Romans 8: 28)
Life is full of so many problems, all types of struggles and difficulties, and some are much more painful than others, but they can be so much easier to bear if we will only believe, trust in Him, and depend on His divine care.
Scripture gives us many examples, and this particular verse comes from the Old Testament and is the story of Hezekiah, King of Judah, who depended on God’s divine strength and power. He is remembered for doing what was good and right and faithful in God’s eyes.
When he was faced with assault on his city by the Assyrian king, Sennacherib, he didn’t stand by passively. He responded with preparation and prayer. The people began to panic and doubt Hezekiah’s leadership and even God’s ability to deliver them. But Hezakiah encouraged the people and urged them on with the above words, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. . . In him and his vast army, there is only the arm of flesh, but with us, is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.”
Hezekiah relied on God’s promises and His divine sovereignty and strength, and the Lord saved him and the people of Jerusalem from the Assyrian king.
Doubt and lack of trust can sometimes be our worst enemy. If we begin to doubt ourselves or those we depend on for love and support, we become insecure and fearful, but when we know God and begin to doubt His ability to help us during difficult times, we feel even more frightened, alone, and hopeless. We can trust Him for He has proven Himself to be faithful and trustworthy. We can believe in His infinite love and care.
Dear God, how grateful we are that we can place our lives in your most loving and capable hands. Help us to be bold in our faith and trust in you. Be with us in difficult times and grant us your strength, comfort, and peace. Amen