2 Chronicles 32:7 - There is Good Reason to be Strong and Courageous.
2 Chronicles 32:7; There is Good Reason to be Strong and
2 Chronicles 32:7 (KJV) Be strong and courageous, be not afraid
nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that
is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
2 Chronicles 32:7 (NIV) "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.
King Hezekiah (29:1-32:33)
Assyria Attacks Judah
Sennacherib Invades Judah (32:1-8)
God Saves Judah from the Assyrians
Deut. 31:6 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor
be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with
thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Joshua 1:7 (KJV) Only be thou strong and very courageous, that
thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my
servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the
left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua 1:9 (KJV) Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a
good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord
thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
1 Chron. 28:20 (KJV) And David said to Solomon his son, Be
strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for
the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee,
nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the
service of the house of the Lord.
2 Kings 6:16 (KJV) And he answered, Fear not: for they that be
with us are more than they that be with them.
2 Chron. 20:15 (KJV) And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye
inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord
unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great
multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
Romans 8:31 (KJV) What shall we then say to these things? If
God be for us, who can be against us?
Ephes. 6:10 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord,
and in the power of his might.
2 Tim. 2:1 (KJV) Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace
that is in Christ Jesus.
1 John 4:4 (KJV) Ye are of God, little children, and have
overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in
Zech. 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is
the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by
power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
Joshua 1:8 (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of
thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then
thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
Hezekiah's emphasis of worship is seen in his rededication of
the temple (29:1-36), his celebration of Passover (30:1-27), and
reorganization of the priests and Levites who served God (31:1-21). The king's
trust in God was rewarded as the LORD threw back Sennacherib's
invading force (32:1-23). Later Hezekiah became proud, but repented and
was restored (vv. 24-33). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Be strong and courageous. Having done all that human power could
do to strengthen the defenses of the city, Hezekiah encouraged the
people to place their trust in God. Regardless of the power of the
enemy, the man who trusts and reveres the Lord always has reason for
courage, for the battle is not his but God's (see ch. 20:15). [SDA
Difficult circumstances require work and trust in God. When
Hezekiah was confronted with the frightening prospect of an Assyrian
invasion, he made two important decisions. He did everything he could to
deal with the situation, and he trusted God for the outcome. That is
exactly what we must do when faced with difficult or frightening
situations. Take all the steps you possibly can to solve the problem or
improve the situation. But also commit the situation to God in prayer,
trusting him for the solution. [Life Application SB]