Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 18, 2015

“Be strong and courageous, … He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 10.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+10&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 Now when the sons of Ammon saw that they had become odious to David, the sons of Ammon sent and hired the Arameans of Beth-rehob and the Arameans of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob with 12,000 men. 7 When David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the army, the mighty men.  8 The sons of Ammon came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the city, while the Arameans of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field.

9 Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and in the rear, he selected from all the choice men of Israel, and arrayed them against the Arameans.  10 But the remainder of the people he placed in the hand of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the sons of Ammon.  11 He said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you.  12 Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God;  and may the Lord do what is good in His sight.”  13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Arameans, and they fled before him.”  2 Samuel 10:6-13.

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We may feel weak and yet need to figuratively face foes today in the front and in the rear.

Today’s Scripture exhorts us to be strong and courageous believing that God will guide, protect, and otherwise bless us.

And, we notice that after Joab and the people did so and drew near to the battle, the Arameans fled.

How often do we also find that when we seek God’s guidance, protection and blessing and are strong and courageous in the LORD, that when we draw near to the battle, our problems flee away!

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6.

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9.

“Joshua then said to them, “Do not fear or be dismayed!  Be strong and courageous, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.”  Joshua 10:25.

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him;  for the one with us is greater than the one with him.”  2 Chronicles 32:7.


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