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A Majority of One

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“Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be 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.” ~ 2 Chronicles 32:7-8a

When Sennacherib, king of Assyria, invaded Judah, Hezekiah knew that the city of Jerusalem would come under attack, so he went into action to defend the city. He built up the broken wall and raised up another outside of it. He also “made weapons and shields in abundance” and “set military captains over the people” (2 Chronicles 32:5-6).

But it would take more than that to save the city from the onslaught of the powerful armies of Sennacherib. So Hezekiah called the people together to encourage them. In the face of their seemingly hopeless situation, he declared, “There are more with us than with him” (v.7).

How could he say this? He gives the answer in the very next verse: “With [Sennacherib] is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” That was their hope. Sennacherib had power, men, and prestige—“an arm of flesh”—but the inhabitants of Jerusalem had the Lord!

Is there some “enemy” pressing in on you today? Do you feel as though the opposition is about to crush and destroy you? Does everything seem hopeless? Take heart, child of God! With the Lord on your side, you are never outnumbered.

One plus God is always a majority.


Adapted from A Majority of One by Richard De Haan

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  1. Very nice post! Thankfully, I’m not feeling crushed by the enemy, at least not today. However, we can never be reminded enough that we need not worry in the face of opposition for we have God to fight our battles! Never gets old:)

    • Couldn’t agree with you more Jon’ette. It is always good to be reminded that we have God on our side, so that when we are down we will remember that fact and be encouraged.

      Thanks for stopping by. Please keep us in your prayers!

      God Bless!!!

  2. I remember my former Pastor delivering a sermon where he stated that our faith is like a muscle that must always be exercised even when we feel strong! That’s why I love your posts. Reminders are like exercising our muscles.

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