1 Chronicles 19 Commentary
“Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.” Verse 13.
We are immediately reminded of the word of the LORD to Joshua. “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” Joshua 1 verse 7.
The battles that the saint faces are not mock plays. Yes, obedience is key; but so is bravery and a resolve to overcome. We can easily tell Israel was outnumbered in this battle. We can also tell that Israel was surrounded. The saint can always have reasons to fear. The danger is real and present. Courage is an important weapon in the armory of the LORD. He provides it for such a time as this.
Strength of character means the saint must make strong decisions in times of need.
And in the words of Joab, the battle is fought on behalf of ‘our people and the cities of our God’. There is always something to lose. The saint does well to realize that they don’t have any other choice but to stand up and face the enemy, otherwise something of value is lost. The battles are real and for real; never mock plays in the park.
The LORD is speaking to the grasshopper: be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. And see what the grasshopper has achieved! This is the doing of the LORD.
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