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THE BIG GUY’S ON OUR SIDE
*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie wrote on Jesus' life and mailed to the children of EVNaz. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
Read 2 Chronicles 32:1-22.
Hezekiah was a king of Judah who was faithful to God because he did what was right and did his best to obey God. God gave him much success and life was going well for Hezekiah, until another king named Sennacherib decided to make war against Hezekiah and his people. Hezekiah encouraged his people by saying, “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 Chronicles 32:7-8).
The Bible says that the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah said (2 Chronicles 32:8). The king of Assyria did not give up. He tried to discourage Hezekiah and his people by saying that he had defeated other nations. Sennacherib also made fun of God by saying, “Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue His people from my hand” (2 Chronicles 32:17).
Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah cried out to God in prayer, asking for help. God sent an angel to destroy the Assyrian army. The Bible tells us that God cared for them on every side (2 Chronicles 32:22). Instead of giving up, Hezekiah trusted God and God came to his rescue.
In our own lives we fight a different kind of battle. It’s a battle against evil and temptation to do wrong. Examples include being tempted to disobey parents, to be unkind to friends or siblings, or to be selfish, wanting things our own way. If we try to “win” against sin without God’s help, it will be much harder to resist sin. We can fight effectively against sin when we pray like Hezekiah did and ask God to give us victory.
Dear God, please give me the courage to shout as Nehemiah did, “Our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:20) when I am faced with things I can’t understand. In Jesus name, Amen.
1. How did Hezekiah encourage the people who were about to go into battle?
2. Did it work?
3. What else did Hezekiah do?
4. What did God do for them?
5. What kind of battles do you fight each day?
6. If you fight these battles in your own strength, will you win?
7. Whose strength do you need in order to win the war against against sin?
8. How do we ask God to come and help us fight?