“And he said, ‘If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.’ So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians, and they fled before him.” 2 Samuel 10:11-13
Even in the midst of battle against one of the most powerful and bloodthirsty armies of his time, Joab trusted in God with good courage and drove the Syrians out. Even when we stand amid what may seem like an impossible feat, we must trust in God that we will succeed in his glorious Name. We must be courageous, and stand firm in our faith against the trials that God allows us to endure, and trust that He will provide for us, even against something that we alone could not defeat. We must, therefore, thank God almighty for his grace and mercy on us, and the kindness he shows us on a daily basis by giving us the power and courage to conquer our fears and worries. Think about times when you were encouraged by the Word of God, and times you may have found motivation in certain Bible passages. Next time you feel troubled or worried, look to the Word of God, whether it be on the Bible app, a hardcopy, or just from memory. God is always there with you, and sees your troubles. Look to Him for guidance always. And if God doesn’t immediately answer your prayers, don’t take it as Him ignoring you or not hearing your cry. God will provide you with all that you need, but not necessarily all that you want.
Sophomore LJ Bishop
- SCS Learning Services: Erica Gordon, Summer Van Oort
- Thank God for his mercy to you.
- Romans 13:1-8: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but too bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.Therefore, one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.