Take Courage (I Kings 15:1-24; II Chronicles 13-16)

 But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” II Chronicles 15:7

There are days when the Scriptures are so rich for my life that I have to slow down and take the text one bite at a time. It was this way in II Chronicles 14-16 as I considered God’s work in the life of King Asa. I pray you only read this blog as application after you have feasted on the greatness of God’s Word itself.

Often people ask, I am going through something, and I need a recommendation for a book that speaks to this subject. Now there are many great books out there which help us in God’s Word. I have just completed my sixth book in writing, but at best these are minor in comparison to God’s Word. Make sure God’s Word is your go-to book in every circumstance of life.

This morning I found myself taking great courage as I examined God in His work in Asa’s life. Here are a few highlights:

  • God gave peace on every side of Judah, 14:7.
  • God gave a great victory over a million Ethiopian solders, 14:9-13.
  • God gave courage to Asa to lead the nation to a spiritual awakening that led many from Israel to join the people of Judah, 15:1-19.
  • God gave peace for many years, 15:19.
  • God loved Asa so much that He disciplined him when he failed to seek God’s wisdom, 16:7-10.

Take a moment and look back over the highlights. Now let me ask you the following questions:

  1. Do you need peace? Asa’s God offers peace.
  2. Are you in a battle large or small? Asa’s God is a victorious God.
  3. Do you need courage to speak up? Asa’s God filled him with courage.
  4. Are you weary of constant battle? Asa’s God gave extended rest to the nation.
  5. Are you in a slump failing to pray as you should? Take Asa’s advice, run back to Jesus, He is your rest and revival.

This day I have been so challenged by God’s Word. I find myself feeling as did Paul when God stood by him and spoke in the storms of life, Acts 23:11, 27: 23-25.

 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 

Take courage today. Here are four concluding questions:

  1. Are you facing life’s storms? Who is the captain of your vessel?
  2. Has God ever failed you? How does your answer reshape your mindset for this day?

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