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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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”