June 10 | Daily Devotion

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Lectio Divina

“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.”
~2 Chronicles 32:7

The Chronicler continues recounting the cycle of faithfulness and unfaithfulness among the people of God. He is emphasizing the fact that when the people are faithful to the covenant to worship God alone, they experience blessing, but when they turn from the covenant to worship other things (material blessings, created beauty, false gods) they encounter God’s discipline. Discipline isn’t the end of the story though; when people return to the Lord, they are forgiven and restored.

Today’s reading showcases a remarkable speech loaded with the kind of faith God desired from the worshipping community. Much of Israel’s history was lived out between two great powers: Assyria to the northwest and Egypt to the southwest. Smaller nations like Edom (south), Philistia (south), and Aram (north) acted as buffers and were often used as pawns. In fact, scholars have called the piece of ground occupied by ancient (and modern) Israel “the land between.” Maintaining their geography required constant vigilance, and committed faith! Faced with a threat from their feared enemies to the north, the Assyrians, King Hezekiah heartened his people: “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. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles” (2 Chron. 32:7-8). What faith!

Of course, the Israelites did not put down their swords in favor of having faith. Instead, they picked up their swords to fight in faith. The concept, and practice, of faith has been much maligned in modern culture. Faith is not reserved for the weak or timid, and it is not a matter of sitting around waiting for God to act. Rather, faith means we do everything God calls us to do, even in the face of insurmountable odds, and then we trust God with the results. For there is a greater power with us!

What is it that God has called you to do? Do it! Pray, act, and trust knowing that the Lord your God is with you. That is the kind of faith that God likes, faith that prays, faith that acts, and then faith that trusts.


Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.