The Battle Belongs to the Lord
Recently, we have used this theme for a series of lessons. While we will wrap up this series Sunday morning, there is one more story where this idea is prominent, so let’s consider it together. In 2 Chronicles 32, the Assyrian army is marching toward Jerusalem, and they have already taken 46 fortified cities and many smaller villages. Hezekiah is a good king, and yet, he still faces a formidable enemy with the power to destroy Judah and Jerusalem. They take short term measures like stopping up water supplies, so the Assyrians will have extra challenges just to find water. They shore up the wall and make new weapons, but more importantly, he encouraged them. In 2 Chronicles 32:7-8, “‘Be strong, and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah, king of Judah.” Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, and shared it.
God delivers the people from the Assyrians by an angel, who kills overnight 185,000 soldiers of the enemy army. Hezekiah was absolutely correct, “there are more with us than with him.” We must remember what being on the Lord’s side means when facing the enemy. God is our strength. How does God give strength when we are facing the enemy?
♦ God is our strength because of the trust we place in Him. How easy for a parent to tell their child they are safe with father or mother present? Does this always give a youth comfort? Over time, they learn to trust and believe in their parents. Jesus teaches this principle for our relationship with the Heavenly Father. (Matthew 7:7-11)
♦ God is our strength because God promises to help those who are His. “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.” (Deuteronomy 28:9-10) In the New Testament, Paul writes, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) God keeps His promises, which should give us courage.
♦ God provides strength in the truth of His word. Psalm 60:4-5 reads, “You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth, that Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me.” What a powerful understanding. To stand in truth is to stand with power. In the New Testament, part of the Christian armor is to have “girded your waist with truth,” so there is strength in the power of the Lord in His truth.