2 Chronicles 32: 7 “Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him; for there is one greater with us than with him. 8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” The people were encouraged by the words of King Hezekiah of Judah.
Again – the circumstances arrayed against God’s people are not good. The army of Assyria was great in number and had surrounded the cities of Judah. If you read the rest of chapter 32 you’ll read some good old fashioned smack talk by the Assyrians designed to scare the people of Judah. But then King Hezekiah offers these words of encouragement.
“Do not be afraid… for there is one greater with us than with (the Assyrians)”
For the last couple of days I’ve been with a group of pastors and lay leaders from churches in Delaware and Maryland seeking to join with the Lord to bring renewal to their churches. If you’ve ever been a member of a church you know that change isn’t easy, even when we know we need it. People mostly want to keep things the way they are. In fact, bringing lasting change to a church, to a family, to a business can seem impossible. Push back can be fierce.
In Matthew 19 Jesus tells us that, what may seem to be impossible for people is possible with God. What are you facing today that seems impossible? How can you place the impossible in the hands of God today?
Lord Jesus, teach us to remember your faithfulness in all things that we might have courage in you. Amen.