Read: 2 Chronicles 32:1-23
“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 32:7b-8
The people of Jerusalem are facing what seem to be insurmountable odds – an army that has destroyed every nation it has come up against. They are unbeatable, yet instead of surrender, instead of giving in to the temptation of quitting, King Hezekiah leads his people to stand and fight.
The King of Assyria, by human assessment, was going to destroy them, yet King Hezekiah saw something beyond the current set of circumstances. He saw that God, the true and real God, the God that was not just the creation of human hands, but the one who created everything including human hands – that He was with them, and for them, and that the power of God would beat the power of any army.
How often in this life do we find ourselves overwhelmed? Feeling like it is a hopeless situation, it just can’t work out, the world is against me. It’s easy when those feelings come to want to quit, surrender, and stop trying.
From the human perspective all might seem lost, but there is a spiritual reality that you need to consider. There is a greater power with you than with your opposition. With them there is only the strength of flesh, but with you the Lord your God is with you and will fight your battles.
It doesn’t matter if your battles are with people who are spreading lies about you, or a financial situation that you just can’t seem to find your way out of, or someone picking on your kid at school, or a crazy family member who is wearing you out, or a job you need, or a coworker or boss who is against you. God is bigger and stronger and on your side.
Sometimes it’s just helpful to remember that. A deep breath and a quick prayer acknowledging that God is still God and that you need Him to come through… can change everything. Even beat the unbeatable enemies in your life. Just like He did for Hezekiah.
I will leave you with one of my favorite bible verses. It’s worth memorizing. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Father, help me to remember that you are God, that you love me, and that you are fighting for me. Forgive me for giving in to fear, and help me to see with the eyes of faith. Help me to stand in the face of overwhelming situations and trust that you will come through. And Father I pray that you come through with power on my behalf. In Jesus’ name, amen.