“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 NIV).
A wise Christian leader will always encourage those who follow them to not be afraid of the things they see, but to have faith in the One they cannot see, but know is there.
Throughout the Bible we see the words, “be strong and courageous” and “do not be afraid” of anything. People who are fearful make hasty decisions that usually end up causing even more problems than they would have incurred if they had faith and waited.
When faced with obstacles and challenges that appear to overwhelm us, we must remember that we have the greater power within us than the power in the world. This is why we are reminded that “Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.” The enemy may think he has the upper-hand in our lives, but if we remain focused on the promises of God and obey Him only, we have no need to fear what the enemy may do.
Does this mean we never have problems? Absolutely not! We will have trials and tribulations–Jesus told us that, but He also said in John 16, “don’t worry about them because He had overcome the world.” In other words, He has already prepared the solution before the problem arises.
Think about things this way. Is there anything the enemy does that God cannot turn around in our favor? No! There is nothing too hard for God. Even when we think it appears that God has failed us, He has simply allowed us to go through so He can get the glory in our lives. We have to develop our faith in God so we can stand and face the enemy in our life (whatever that enemy is–drugs, alcohol, pornography, sexual sin, stealing, lying, fear, etc.), so we can be like Daniel–no matter what happens–we will not worship other gods or be fearful of what man can do because we are never alone–God is always with us!
Hezekiah was faced with the possibility of an entire tribe being destroyed by Assyria. He knew that his military would not fight if they were fearful so he encouraged them to have faith in God, rather than be concerned with mere men in the Assyrian army. We must not be afraid of what mere men can do, for their lives are just as limited as ours, but we (who have a relationship with God) have the promise of eternity with Jesus! Remember it is not by power or might that we achieve victory, but by the Spirit of The Lord, working on our behalf.
No matter what happens in the world today; especially when we can see the influence of the enemy roaming wildly, stirring up hatred and violence; we must keep our focus and our faith in God and never fear. “Perfect love (unconditional love) casts out fear.”