Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Do not be afraid or discouraged.

II Chron. 20:12 (17)  “O our God, won’t you stop them?  We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us.  We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”  “But you will not even need to fight.  Take your positions, then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory.  He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not be afraid of discouraged.  Go out there tomorrow, for the LORD is with you.”

A huge army had come to engage the nation of Judah in war.  The people were afraid for their lives.  They had gathered together and were crying out to the Lord.  God sent the prophet, Jahaziel to them with today’s message.  They were desperate, but God wasn’t.  They didn’t know what to do, but God did.

Sometimes we run up against situations that are too much for us.  We are overpowered by them and wonder what to do.  We are fearful of what is going to happen next.  How we handle ourselves when we find ourselves in those situations depends on our faith in God.

If we really believe in God and His abilities, we will cry out to Him for help.  We may not have a clue as to what to do, but God does.  When God is in control, all we need to do is get out of the way and let Him work things out.  We may be His hands and feet or someone else may be; it doesn’t matter.  God will work all things out for our good and for His glory.  He will show us what to do and give us the means to do it.

Don’t wilt away from whatever you may face in life.  Trust in God and don’t let fear or discouragement overcome your soul.  Boldly face your difficulties, for the Lord is with you.  He will help you overcome whatever you are facing.  He will never let you deal with life without Him if you put your trust in Him.  There are times in which we need to quit our fighting, take our positions, and watch what the Lord will do for us.  Great is the victory for those who trust in the Lord.

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