33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
He that is With You is Greater than what is Against You!
How beautiful it is that God is greater than any obstacle, or situation that we face. We never want to forget this, and the many times He has been with us and with all who turn to Him and seek Him with all their heart, and that walk in love (1 Corinthians 13). When we do this, God has promised to be with us. Let us never loose confidence and become downcast over situations or circumstances that we face. Rather, let us continue to turn to God and cast every problem or worry to Him (1 Peter 5:6-7).
21 “Submit to God and be at peace with him;
in this way prosperity will come to you.
22 Accept instruction from his mouth
and lay up his words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored:
If you remove wickedness far from your tent
24 and assign your nuggets to the dust,
your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,
25 then the Almighty will be your gold,
the choicest silver for you.
26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty
and will lift up your face to God.
27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
and you will fulfill your vows.
28 What you decide on will be done,
and light will shine on your ways.
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
2 Chronicles provides an account when God was with someone. His name was Hezekiah, the King of Judah. Sennacherib, the King of Assyria came and invaded Judah, his intent was to wage war against Jerusalem and Hezekiah. Hezekiah prepared for the siege, and encouraged the people:
2 Chronicles 32:7-8
7 “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. 8 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.
Sennacherib sent his officials to Jerusalem with his message to King Hezekiah and the people.
2 Chronicles 32:10
10 “This is what Sennacherib king of Assyria says: On what are you basing your confidence, that you remain in Jerusalem under siege?
Sennacherib went on to ridicule God and to try and destroy Hezekiah’s and the people’s confidence. Hezekiah did not loose heart, but turned to God.
2 Chronicles 32:20-22
20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders 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, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.
22 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[a] on every side.
2 Kings 6 provides another account when the Lord was with one of his servants. This time it was Elisha, who was surrounded by the King of Aram’s forces. Elisha’s servant was alarmed.
2 Kings 6:15-18
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
Elisha too was ultimately preserved.
The last account out of scriptures to relay is from Acts Chapter 28. Here Paul is on his way to Rome to have his audience with Caesar. He tells his captors not to sail, due to the danger to them and the ship. As Paul predicts, he, the crew and passengers are shipwrecked on Malta. However through the storm Paul has confidence, and even a word from the angel of the Lord that everyone would be preserved. Paul even bolsters everyone’s confidence by telling everyone on board that the ship would be lost, but they all would survive. As Paul told them, everyone gets to the shore. Then Paul is faced with another life threatening danger that God preserves him from.
3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
God preserved Paul from this bite and many other hardships and difficulties throughout his life.
Let us not loose confidence, but trust, and turn to our God in faith. Let’s declare the promises of God over our life, and maintain a connection in prayer to our God who will answer us and provide for all who turn to him.