Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged before the king of Assyria or before the large army that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. He has only human strength, but we have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” So the people relied on the words of King Hezekiah of Judah.
2 CHRONICLES 32:7-8 (CSB)
Morale surged. Hezekiah’s words put steel in their spines.
Spineless leaders are abundantly available. Few indeed are the leaders who know God, trust God, and have no other plan but to do what God says to do when and how he says to do it. Fortunately for Judah, they had such a leader in their moment of supreme crisis.
When you read this whole story in context in 2 Kings 18 and 19, Isaiah 36 and 37, and here in 2 Chronicles 32, you see how dramatically and finally God did what only God could do.
God’s help is still available to all who seek him, to all who trust him. Jesus said, “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you,” (Matthew 17:20).
Step up and lead the way. Show a little backbone. Trust God. Do what he says. Do it the way he says to do it. Do it now and always. Do not be intimidated by anyone who sets himself or herself against God’s truth or purpose. Be strong. Take courage.
When you take courage, you encourage others. When you stand straight with God, other spines are strengthened.
I will rely on God to fight my battles.
Our Father, strengthen me because I am weak. Empower me to stand straight and tall so that others will be encouraged. Lead us to victory in your might. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”