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(Bible reading: 2 Chron. 13)
Christians sometimes unconsciously walk in spiritual stupor: their faith lies low and slumbers and they even forget how powerful, mighty and miraculous the God they serve is. This could be because of long and hard trials or answers to fervent prayers are long time coming and they become faint.
But the one true living God we serve never slumbers nor sleeps (Ps. 121:4). And He, faithful as He is, will stir us up from our spiritual stupor and enliven our faith again with His amazing testimonies so that we have no excuse. For if we continue to ignore or doubt Him and His works which He confirms by signs, wonders and various miracles whenever He chooses, what makes us think we can escape His judgment (Heb. 2:2-4)?
I was reading 2 Chronicles 13 and when I came to verses 14-16, I was reminded of the great deliverance the Lord had wrought yet again to one of our brethren in Church to show that He lives and He never leaves.
Abijah, king of Judah, went to battle against Jeroboam, king of Israel. Abijah’s army was half the number of Jeroboam’s army: four hundred thousand against eight hundred thousand. But King Abijah went to battle in the name of the Lord. And after his lengthy discourse narrating Jeroboam’s rebellion against his grandfather King Solomon and his (Jeroboam’s) great sin against the Lord by forsaking Him and leading the people to sin by setting up gods for them to worship – lo, Judah was surrounded by Jeroboam’s army! They were behind and before them.
How could they escape? Except that they would cry out to God for His deliverance. And the men of Judah cried out to God. In the midst of apparently hopeless situation, they valiantly gave a shout! And as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. And the children of Israel fled before Judah, and God delivered them into their hand (2 Chron. 13:15-16).
And I remember the very fresh testimony of Sis. Angie Letada, a sister-in-Christ who was a survivor of kidnapping, which I had written and posted recently at Minister of Mercy. [I invite you to read the whole testimony here].
Sis. Angie testifies that after God’s mighty deliverance of her from the hands of her kidnappers, her voice was hoarse for days, and as a result, she couldn’t testify in the pulpit the following midweek service (the kidnapping incident happened on Saturday). This was due to her incessant crying out to God, bravely and trustingly shouting out praises to Him and praying feverishly. She was crying out, singing, praying, and begging, all at the same time in panic and complete abandon knowing that only the Lord could deliver her from the certainty of death.
And the Lord worked wonders in her favor.
Often in our daily lives, we are confronted with our own battles, great and small. But instead of retreating and sulking into a corner, we are taught to stand firm on our faith, cry out to God and raise the battle cry: sing, sing, sing to the Lord with the voice of triumph, knowing that God goes before us and fights our battles. He promised that He is always with us, even unto the end of the world (Mat. 28:20).
Related posts: Who Fights Your Battles? (with a testimony included)
My gratitude list – giving the highest praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for His gifts:
- JMCIM’s blessed 37th anniversary celebration. (Except for the painting of the Israelite army at the top, all photos featured below are courtesy of Bro. Edu Cortez of Extremedetails Photography):
- my marriage which deepens in love, sacrifice, meaning and purpose through the years and trials
- my discussion of one of my favorite NT stories to Hannah: the story of Jairus and his dying daughter. How she listens intently, staring at me and never daring to blink. And when I’m done, she tells me, “Mom, there are tears in your eyes. I was about to cry, too.”
- her swimming party with a few of her friends as an extension of her 11th birthday which had little Tim dancing and jumping with joy
- the undying joy, wisdom and inspiration reading God’s Word brings