The Father Doesn’t Need to Flex

2 Chronicles 32:7-8 NKJV  “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him.  (8)  With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

 Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, had come down to Judah and began to attack some of the fortified cities.  Hezekiah knew his ultimate plan was to conquer Jerusalem, so he began fortifying the city and getting the people ready by setting military captains over the people of the city so they would have clear, organized direction of what to do.  Then Hezekiah spoke to the people of Jerusalem and encouraged them not to FEAR or worry in their time of trial.

I love what he told them in verse 8.  “With him (Sennacherib) is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”  Glory!  What a great word to remember.  No matter how big the enemy is and how much they flex their arm, that’s all they’ve got.  We don’t lean to the arm of flesh, but we look to the Lord our God, who has helped us, fought our battles, and gave us the victory through Christ.  Now he stands with us in every circumstance.  When the enemy comes, whether it be financial, emotional, relational, your health or anything else, and begins to flex their muscles; don’t let fear grab a hold of you.  Fortify yourself with the Word of God and remember whose arms you are in.  We dwell in the shadow of the of Almighty and take refuge in His arms (Psalm 91:1, 4).  His arms are massive and he doesn’t even have to flex to show them off.

I have this certain picture of my Dad and I.  I was 17 years old and in the middle of my high school wrestling season.  My dad was 69 at the time.  I squatted down a little in front of him and we were both giving a bicep flex to the camera.  I was in great physical condition, lean, and defined; yet I still paled in comparison to the nearly 70 year old man standing behind me.  This is an image that pops in my mind when I read this verse.  Now my dad was a pretty strong guy, but my Heavenly Father is infinitely bigger.  The same God that with a Word from His mouth life sprung forth, mountains rise and fall and all this without even lifting a finger, stands behind us (I picture Him with His arms crossed).  When we stand in His shadow, were we are to dwell we become and intimidating force to be reckoned with.  So when your circumstances seem to be flexing their might at you.  Remember whose you are.  Fortify yourself in the Word and look to Him.  Then ask your loving Father standing with you and overshadowing you to just twitch His muscle a little bit.  Don’t fear… “Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side…” (Psalm 23:4 MSG)  No matter what you are going through, the biggest guy in the entire valley is at your side, He is your Heavenly Father, and He doesn’t even need to flex.  FEAR NOT!

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