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Are you Afraid?

We often read that scripture in 2 Chronicles when we feel helpless and in need of encouragement.  It says in 2 Chron 20 vs 17:  you will not need to fight in this battle, but stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed.

I read this chapter this morning as part of my quiet time and the verse that got me was vs 12"O God, will You not execute judgement on them?  For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You".  It completely spoke into my heart about how I feel right now - powerless!  Powerless in the face of the worldwide virus issue.  Powerless in the face of the vaccination dilemma.  Just plain powerless.  Seriously, what can I do?  What can little me do?  



But the verse does not stop there!  No!  It ends in faith!  Jehoshaphat heard (vs 2) about these armies coming against him.  He was afraid (vs 3(a):  Then Jehoshaphat was afraid...) but in his fear he turned to God (vs 3(b)...and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah).  This attitude of faith in God to overcome the enemies creating fear follows through in vs 12 which ends with a statement of faith and trust that even though they are powerless, and they have no idea what to do about the situation, their eyes are on the Lord!  Why?  Because they know that God can and will overcome their enemies.

So, in my powerlessness in the face of this horde trampling the earth, I don't know what to do BUT my eyes are on the Lord!  My salvation is from Him and Him alone.

I encourage you today, if you are afraid, feeling helpless, feeling powerless, feeling frustrated and in fear, turn your eyes away from the horde (whatever you fear) and look to Jesus!  Keep your eyes on Him, and like it says in vs 17:
  • you will not need to fight IN this battle
  • stand firm
  • hold your position 
  • see the salvation the Lord on your behalf
  • do not be afraid 
  • do not be dismayed
  • face your fear and the Lord will be with you.
God bless
Tracy

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  1. I love your advice, Tracy: "Turn your eyes away from the horde (whatever you fear) and look to Jesus! Keep your eyes on Him."

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    1. Hi Lisa, it is the only way to get through these progressively tougher times :)
      God bless

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  2. We need to continually turn our eyes to the Lord. It's an ongoing action and we need to remind ourselves of this truth. It is the way we not only get through but our faith remains strong and steadfast. Grateful for this encouragement!

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    1. Hi Joanne, I 100% agree with you, it is definitely an ongoing action of turning to the Lord! God bless, have a blessed weekend.

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  3. Thank you for being vulnerable and encouraging us all in the process. Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth.

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    1. Hi Lauren, great to be able to link up with you :)

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  4. Thank you so much, dear sister. It was good and uplifting to read it.

    O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There's light for a look at the Savior
    And life more abundant and free

    Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus (oh, turn, oh turn)
    Look full in His wonderful face
    And the things (the things) of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of His glory and grace

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    1. Hi Aritha, this hymn is beautiful, more so that it was written by a blind person.
      God bless

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  5. How have I missed your place Tracy?!? Setting my face to see God - for my eyes to "track" Him. Post Covid, I experienced vertigo - and my eyes weren't tracking correctly. It was off-putting mentally - and physically. I feel that way when I don't keep my eyes on Him - nothing is balanced, no peace, no trust. You write "a statement of faith and trust that even though they are powerless" - stating our faith, trusting in Him - not what we see - and keeping our eyes on Him - it does make all the difference!!! So glad I found my way back to your space!

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    1. Hi Mary-Leigh, so glad you visited. Your posts and photos are always so encouraging. And thank you for always encouraging me too. Hope your eyes are healed and well.
      God bless

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  6. Yep, fixing our eyes on Him and not on our circumstances, how difficult and complicated they may be at the moment (for everyone, everywhere I guess).

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    1. Hi Marja, exactly. Just this morning I was thinking about how things are making me concerned, and then I reminded myself, God has NEVER ever let us down.
      God bless

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  7. So many things in this world we live in to make us fearful.

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    1. Hi Susan, yes, and every reason to turn those fears over to Jesus and leave the battle in His capable hands. :)
      God bless

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