“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.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
2 Chronicles 32:7-8
At the start of this new day take time to consider your heart. Are you:
Encouraged or discouraged?
Weak or strong?
Afraid or at peace?
We all have situations in life that come up against us, we do not plan for failure or hurt, but these are part of the journey of life.
What we need to consider today is our heartfelt response when those moments come.
In the Old Testament we encounter three moments where an individual is challenged to be strong and courageous. In 1 Chronicles 22 we read the story where David encouraged Solomon to be strong and courageous. David was wanting to guide Solomons heart in the right path, that of obedience to God.
At the end of Moses life, God instructs Joshua that he is to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9). This for Joshua would have been a daunting prospect; taking over from his mentor, leading a large group of oftentimes disgruntled people. These words for Joshua would seem hard had it not been for the words that followed:
The Lord will be with you wherever you go.
For you today, no matter what you are currently going through God is asking for your obedience and trust in him. No matter what metaphorical army you are facing, God is asking you to be strong in him. 2 Corinthians 12:10 says:
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
We are also to be courageous. Now this is not a reckless type of courage. This is bravery that comes not from an over inflated self assurance. Rather it’s courage that comes from resting in the truth that it is the Lord our God who is with us, he will help us and fight our battles.
Today be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.