Words from the Heart for Sunday July 8th, 2018
With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles…
II Chronicles 32:8 (NIV)
With Us is the Lord
Our God can be compared to no other power. Creation presents the evidence that He is the greatest One. We can confidently look to Him for our victory. He will be a help to us. We can choose to be on the side of the One who made the entire universe. He will rise to our defense.
The first royal figure to be present in Canada was the future King William IV, who arrived on the country’s east coast in 1786 while an officer in the Royal Navy. While his niece, Queen Victoria, never came to Canada, it was during Victoria’s reign that her son, the future King Edward VII, initiated the traditional format of the Canadian royal tour: partaking in official engagements, meeting politicians and the public, and reviewing troops. The first reigning monarch to visit Canada George VI 1in 1939.
Over my years of ministry and counseling, I have often heard people say, “God just feels so far away.” Whenever I hear this, I think how grateful I am that my relationship with Him is by faith and not by feeling. If that was the case, God would be close or far depending on whatever mood I am in that day, or that moment. We are called to walk not by sight, or by feeling, but by faith. We are to trust in God’s promises, especially ones like 2 Chronicles 32:8, “With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles…” The King of Assyria was pressing the Israelites at that point. They were afraid that he was going to defeat them. It’s a good thing that their relationship with God didn’t depend on feelings. And so Hezekiah reminds them that God had promised that He would be with them, and they could count on that. The simple statements is powerful – “with us is the Lord our God.” He is with you as well, right now. Count on it.
These have been words from the heart.