Encouragement in the Battle

2 Kings 18,19; 2 Chronicles 32; James 5

“After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib, king of Assyria came and invaded Judah…[Hezekiah] encouraged them with these words: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.’”

2 Chronicles 32:1, 6-8

From the time God spoke those words to Joshua and he prepared to enter the Promised Land, the call, “be strong and courageous…Do not be afraid or discouraged” has continued to give boldness and perspective to God’s people. Hezekiah reminded his military officers that God’s presence was with them. Our faithfulness to God doesn’t provide immunity from spiritual attacks or challenging tests. However, in the midst of tests we have an opportunity to declare our dependency on the Lord God and encourage the faith of those around us. When we are opposed by the might of this world, let us humble ourselves before Almighty God and declare our trust in him.

“Lord Jesus, you are my Deliverer and Savior, the hope of all the world. I pray for opportunities to encourage your people today with who you are.”