No matter the circumstance you’re going through, I want to encourage you today to trust in the Lord. Trust in Him despite the desperate position you’re in. There are many stories in the bible that provide great examples of trusting God; one is particularly encouraging to me. It’s the story of King Abijah of Judah’s battle with King Jeroboam of Israel. Abijah troops numbered 400,000 while Jeroboam fielded an army of 800,000 soldiers. The picture looked pretty bleak for Abijah and the men of Judah.
Abijah realized that Jeroboam and his army had a tactical advantage, but despite the desperation of the situation he still put his hope in God. Check out what he says:
Jeroboam and all Israel, listen to me! Don’t you know that the Lord, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever…As for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him.
2 Chronicles 13:8-10
King Abijah stood on a mountain and shouted God’s promises to the enemy. We need to do the same with our enemy, Lucifer. Instead of spiraling into the pit of fear we need to boldly proclaim the promises of God. A defeatist attitude occurs when you fixate on what God has not done for you instead of focusing on all that He has accomplished and what He promises.
You hope the story ends there and Jeroboam’s troops return home, but that was not the case. Jeroboam paid no attention to Abijah’s bold pronouncement and attacked:
Now Jeroboam had sent troops around to the rear, so that while he was in front of Judah the ambush was behind them. Judah turned and saw that they were being attacked at both front and rear.
2 Chronicles 13:13-14
Despite having no way out, Judah decided did to do an interesting thing. They didn’t fight back immediately. Instead of yelling “charge!” Judah decided to blow the trumpets. Then they cried out to the Lord. The priests blew their trumpets and the men of Judah raised the battle cry.Why did they do this? Identity. Judah, in Hebrew, means praise. God called them to be a people that praise. That was there identity. They knew their God-given identity and walked in it in the midst of their battle. Is your identity rooted in Jesus? If so, is it just in good times when everything is going well? At the sound of their battle cry, God routed Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.The Israelites fled before Judah, and God delivered them into their hands.
King Abijah trusted in God and walked in his God-given identity. When we find our identity in Jesus we can confident that our God will deliver us from our enemy. Trust the Holy One of Israel in desperate times, believe His promises, and make Jesus your identity.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.