Friday, December 28, 2012

2 Chronicles 32: God is Greater than our Problem

2 Chron 32:6-8 He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: "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 Chron 32:20-23 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons cut him down with the sword. So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side. Many brought offerings to Jerusalem for the Lord and valuable gifts for Hezekiah king of Judah. From then on he was highly regarded by all the nations. 


Hezekiah's words to the his commanders are inspiring: "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." (vv.7-8). The challenge facing Hezekiah was very great: a vast and superior army of Assyria, the world's super-power of that time, had laid siege on some of Judah's cities and planning to attack Jerusalem. On purely human calculation, Jerusalem's defeat was a foregone conclusion. However, Hezekiah was not focusing on the human resources he had, but on the divine Power he possessed -- the LORD God of Israel. His words reveal his faith: "For there is a greater power with us than with him." It was the battles of gods -- the God of Israel against the gods of the Assyria.

Indeed, as a very popular song says, "There is no problem too big God cannot solve it. There is no mountain too tall he cannot move it." When we look to God, our problem is seen in perspective--evern a superior army like Assyria looks puny to the Creator of heaven and earth. And indeed, God needed to send only one angel against the entire Assyrian army: "And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace" (32:21). Jesus told his disciples when he was arrested that if he wanted to resist the arrest, he could have asked the Father and God would give him 12 legions of angels. Each legion is 6,000 angels. So, 12 legions is 72,000 angels. God needed only one angel to annihilate an entire Assyrian army. For believers who put their trust in Jesus who could call down 72,000 angels, is there anything too hard for the Lord?

God is greater than our greatest problem. There is no problem he cannot solve -- just leave room for God to act. So remember 1 Peter 5:6-7: "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

Father, thank You that You keep in perfect peace those who mind is steadfast because they trust in You. For You are greater than whatever the enemy can throw at us. Amen.

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