Be Not Afraid
2 Chronicles 32:7
“Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:”
Hezekiah made a very important statement to his people when the king of Assyria came to invade the land. The king of Assyria was the strongest army at the time. He had successfully invaded many other nations that were bigger and stronger than Judah, and now they faced the greatest army of their day. This army was at the borders of their cities getting ready to take over, and there was a reason, humanly speaking, to be afraid of this army. However, Hezekiah told the people, “Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed…” Hezekiah wanted the people not to look through human eyes to see the great army, but to look through the eyes of faith and see what God was about to do through them.
Do you find yourself facing an army today? Maybe the army you are facing is family problems, marriage problems, financial problems, employment problems, health problems, or the attacks of evil people against you. In times like these is when the verse above becomes real. It is easy to tell people not to be afraid when you aren’t facing an army, but when the army you are facing is at your doorstep, it is the human response to be afraid. Whatever army you are facing today, the words of Hezekiah should be the stronghold onto which you hold. There are several reasons you have as a believer not to be afraid. Let me show you these reasons.
First, you don’t need to be afraid because God said not to be afraid. The biggest reason you should be strong and courageous instead of fearful and afraid is because God told you not to be afraid. God never tells you something if He doesn’t know the end of your story. God already knows the end of what you are facing, and you must realize that He knows that you have no reason to be afraid. When the armies of fear surround your life, trusting the providence of God will give you the strength not to be afraid.
Second, you don’t need to be afraid because there is more with you. Hezekiah reminded his people that they were not to look at the multitude of people that surrounded their country because God’s armies were greater and stronger than the Assyrian army. The world may flaunt their strength and size, but their strength and size pale in comparison to the strength of God and His forces. When you look through the eyes of faith, you will always see there is more with you than with the enemy.
Third, you don’t need to be afraid because God will help you. Hezekiah reminded the people in verse 8 that God would help them. Let me remind you of Isaiah 41:10 which says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Psalm 121:2 reminds the believer that their help “cometh from the LORD.” No matter what you face, you will never have to face your struggles alone because the LORD will help you.
Fourth, you don’t need to be afraid because God will fight your battles. Let me remind you that the battles you face are the LORD’s. He will not make you fight His battles by yourself. The LORD will fight His battles with you, and if you don’t quit, you will see the victory. Don’t be afraid, because you are on the winning side.