Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 24, 2015

“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.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 19.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+19&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“10 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 they arrayed themselves against the Arameans. 11 But the remainder of the people he placed in the hand of Abshai his brother; and they arrayed themselves against the sons of Ammon.  12 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 help you.  13 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.”  14 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Arameans, and they fled before him.  15 When the sons of Ammon saw that the Arameans fled, they also fled before Abshai his brother and entered the city.  Then Joab came to Jerusalem.

16 When the Arameans saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they sent messengers and brought out the Arameans who were beyond the River, with Shophach the commander of the army of Hadadezer leading them.  17 When it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan, and came upon them and drew up in formation against them. And when David drew up in battle array against the Arameans, they fought against him.  18 The Arameans fled before Israel, and David killed of the Arameans 7,000 charioteers and 40,000 foot soldiers, and put to death Shophach the commander of the army.  19 So when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and served him.  Thus the Arameans were not willing to help the sons of Ammon anymore.”  1 Chronicles 19:10-19.

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Some try to be strong and courageous out of faith in themselves:  in their own might, in their own wisdom, in their own will, and in their own abilities.

But, we are strong and courageous out of faith in God:  in His presence with us, in His promises for us, and in His might, His wisdom, His will, and His abilities.

In today’s Scripture, Joab was strong and courageous out of faith in God.  He said:  “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.”  Verse 32.

As shown by the following Scriptures, we are strong and courageous, because our God goes with us and will not fail us or forsake us. 

“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.

“Then He commissioned Joshua the son of Nun, and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the sons of Israel into the land which I swore to them, and I will be with you.”  Deuteronomy 31:23.

“Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.”  Joshua 1:6.

“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.

“Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act;  do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”  1 Chronicles 28:20.

“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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