1 Chronicles 19:13
“Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.”
Israel found themselves in a battle that they didn’t expect. On the one side, they were fighting against the Syrian army, and on the other side they were fighting the Ammonite army. They were literally surrounded with battles. When Joab saw that the battle was before and behind him, he challenged the troops to be of “good courage.” Joab knew that these men would have to dig deep within themselves to win this battle and win the battle they did.
Have you ever found yourself surrounded with the pressures of life? Have you ever felt that everything is closing in on you and that there seemed to be no way out of what you are facing? Certainly, every person has either found themselves in a situation like this, or they will find themselves in this type of a situation. The verse above gives great counsel about what you should do when life’s battles, adversities, pressures, and trials have surrounded you and are seemingly leaving you no way out. Let me point out God’s advice on what to do when you are surrounded with life.
First, be! In other words, you need to go on living in spite of how bad life may be. You must not run and hibernate and allow life’s difficulties to cause you to shut down and do nothing. Life goes on; don’t stop living because of adversity.
Second, be good. My friend, don’t let adversity dictate your actions. When you are surrounded before and behind, you must dictate what you are going to do. If adversity dictates your actions when it surrounds you, it will control your life instead of you controlling it. You must never let outside circumstances dictate your spirit or your actions in life. Never give up doing good when you are surrounded with adversity.
Third, be of good courage. When you are surrounded with adversity, you must move forward in spite of fear. My friend, if fear starts controlling your life, it will rob you of the opportunities of joy that God has for you each day. Being surrounded by adversity is certainly a good excuse to be afraid, but courage is the only way to silence fear so that you can win the battles with God’s help.
Fourth, watch out for hindrances. The word “let” often means hindrances. In other words, there are many things that will hinder you from doing what you are supposed to do, but you must never let anything hinder you from doing for God what He wants you to do.
Fifth, don’t let others pull you down. Joab said, “…let us behave ourselves…” Misery loves company, and you will certainly find the wrong friends in times of adversity. The problem with the friends of adversity is that they will pull you down instead of pushing you up. In times of adversity and misery, surround yourself with courageous people who will encourage you to go on and to live on top side.
Sixth, dig deep when you are surrounded by adversity. Joab said, “…let us behave ourselves valiantly…” There are times you have to dig deep within yourself to keep going, but you mustn’t quit. Remember that people are watching you, God is watching you, and if you quit, you will disappoint those who are cheering for you, and you will give those who hate you the joy of knowing that they overcame you.