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Finding Strength in Our Work

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Finding Strength in Our Work

 

And he strengthened himself, built up all the wall that was broken, raised it up to the towers, and built another wall outside; also he repaired the Millo in the City of David, and made weapons and shields in abundance (2 Chronicles 32:5 NKJV).

One of the things that CAN happen to us when we are distressed and overwhelmed is that we can go into shut down mode. A depressed spirit sets in and we sort of let everything in our world slide into chaos. We may start missing work or stop paying the bills. We stop cleaning the house. We stop life. We may simply give up and story trying to work our way out of the mess we are in.

When God created the world scripture says darkness and chaos was over the face of the deep….and God went to work to bring order and life. God went to work to create something beautiful and life giving!

King Hezekiah was a good king who came from a dysfunctional family. He broke down the idols previous kings erected and restored true worship. The Bible says he did what was good, right and true. But in spite of doing the right thing, the enemy, King Sennacherib surrounded Jerusalem with thousands of soldiers and prepared to attack.

Doing right and living right is no guarantee you won’t be attacked. In fact, the more we endeavor to do right, the more the devil attacks us. In those moments, we feel weakened and do not know what to do.  I’ll tell you what Hezekiah did. He didn’t shut down. He went to work![1] He built up a wall in his discouragement.

The great thing is King Hezekiah didn’t just stop with the work, he opened his mouth and spoke faith over the people, and the people were strengthened.

2 Chronicles 32:7 says, 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.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.[2]

Our prayer should be, “God strengthen me and then show me what to do! Give me a plan. What should I be doing?” Refuse to speak words of discouragement. Speak faith and life!

For more on this topic, listen to the podcast, Finding Strength When We Think We Have None

[1] 2 Chronicles 32:5 NKJV

[2] NKJV

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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