Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 1, 2015

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed … for the one with us is greater than the one with him.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles 32:1-8.

“1 After these acts of faithfulness Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and besieged the fortified cities, and thought to break into them for himself.  2 Now when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to make war on Jerusalem, 3 he decided with his officers and his warriors to cut off the supply of water from the springs which were outside the city, and they helped him.  4 So many people assembled and stopped up all the springs and the stream which flowed through the region, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find abundant water?”  5 And he took courage and rebuilt all the wall that had been broken down and erected towers on it, and built another outside wall and strengthened the Millo in the city of David, and made weapons and shields in great number.  6 He appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the square at the city gate, and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, 7 “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.  8 With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.”  And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”     2 Chronicles 32:1-8.

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“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them;  because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. ”  1 John 4:4.

We may not face a literal enemy like Sennacherib king of Assyria who came and invaded Judah and besieged the fortified cities, but we certainly face many troubles.

We notice in verse 1:  “After these acts of faithfulness Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah …”  Just because we have troubles does not necessarily mean that God is punishing us for unfaithfulness.  Sometimes, God wants to build out faith.  Sometimes, God has something better in store for us than just peace.

“The righteous cry and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, And saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the LORD delivers him out of them all.”  Psalm 34:17-19.

We cannot determine or know how many trials we will face or how God will deliver us.  God often uses humble and unexpected means to deliver us, time and time again.

“28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

31 What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:28-32.

“1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  Psalm 103:1-5.

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