In two of the passages today, we find a common thread - making a stand for our beliefs and the promise of God that he will fight our battles. First, we see in 1 Kings 19 & 20, Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, threatening Ahab, king of Israel, that he is coming to take away all the Israelites’ gold, silver, wives and children. Ahab agrees but then the Syrian king demands that anything his messengers find pleasant, are his too. Ahab refuses to give in. A prophet then tells Ahab that the Lord is with Israel and they would win the battle against this great army of opposition. Israel wins, but they are warned by the prophet that they must face another battle. At battle time the Israelites were immensely outnumbered but they relied on God’s promise that he would deliver them. Without this promise they would surely have given up. They slew 100,000 soldiers in one day and another 23,000 were killed when a great city wall fell on them. Ahab makes peace with Ben-dad, and forgave him, resulting in Israel being restored all the cities that had been stolen from Israel by the Syrian king’s father.
Perhaps the moral of the story here is that when we hold fast to the promise of God, we will have all that was stolen returned to us.
In Acts 18-19 we learn that Paul was told by the Lord in a dream “Don’t be afraid! Don’t be silent! For I am with you and no-one will attack you and harm you, for many in this city belong to me.” Paul stands on this promise and speaks boldly. He preached the good news in many places and ended up in Ephesus. Here he laid hands on believers and they received a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. Paul became bold with his faith in Christ and as a result, many people repented, and were healed The power of God and his promises gave Paul this boldness as he spread the gospel
God is merciful and his promises still stand. In Psalms we see that God forgives our sin when we repent. He loves his children with an everlasting love and will someday come back to take us home with him in heaven.
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