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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Acts 10:34, 35 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
Acts 5:38, 39 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”