Do you ever feel as if you are alone in your battle? As if it’s yours, just yours, and no one can help? Maybe you’re fortunate enough to have family and friends who stand with you. Yet at times the battle that stands before you seems enormously threatening and lonely.
In 2 Kings 18 and 19 the people felt the same way. Listen to 2nd Chronicles 32:7-8, as it gives the account. King Hezekiah encourages them saying, “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. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”
I love the analogy—even though the enemy’s army had a multitude more of soldiers, it was viewed only as an arm of flesh. What’s an arm of flesh compared to the strong right arm of the Lord? Nothing, right?
Hezekiah was helping the people shift their point of view.
Similarly, to put our battle in the proper perspective, we have to alter our viewpoint. We have to reposition ourselves to look at our battle from the view of faith. Faith believes what it cannot see. Hence as we take the stance of faith we will be able to believe what we can’t see.
Imagine you are a small child standing in a crowd of people, watching as a parade passes and all you can see is the backside of the people in front of you. Then the big strong-arm of your father lifts you up above the crowd. Now your whole point of view has changed. You are no longer small, alone or vulnerable.
Likewise small faith causes us to see our life—our battles, from a small viewpoint. Large faith causes us to be lifted higher and gain the perspective of our Father. Allows us to see and know the strong right arm of the Lord our God.
Change your view, shift and move so you can gaze through the eyes of faith. Knowing that whatever stands against you—no matter the size—is only an arm of flesh. But what holds you—is the strong right arm of the Lord your God!
I pray the next twelve months of your life will be filled with large, extreme faith.
Happy New Year!