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Not Everything Is As It Seems

Trusting in God Amidst the Storm: Reflections on 2 Chronicles 20:15

In the face of unspeakable tragedy, as the people of Israel endure massive terrorist attacks, our hearts and prayers go out to them.

The scenes of destruction and tales of lost lives have been heart-wrenching. As Christians, we look to the Bible for guidance, solace, and understanding, especially in times of crisis.

One such passage that resonates deeply in these trying times is 2 Chronicles 20:15, where we read the words spoken to King

Jehoshaphat: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

This scripture reminds us of a profound truth: When we face overwhelming odds, insurmountable challenges, and fears that threaten to drown our spirits, it is in those very moments that God reassures us of His unyielding presence. The battle, no matter how great, does not belong to us alone but to the Almighty.

There's an overarching lesson in the Biblical narrative, one that teaches us that sometimes, God allows the odds to be stacked against His people. Not out of cruelty or indifference, but so that when the victory comes, there can be no doubt that it was by His hand alone. It’s a poignant reminder that sometimes God stacks the odds against us so high that we may witness Him do a miracle amongst us.

The challenges that Israel faces today may seem insurmountable from a human perspective. The pain, the grief, the fear – they are all very real. But just as King Jehoshaphat was reminded that the battle was not his but God's, we too must cling to the assurance that God is sovereign over every situation.

It is during these trials that our faith is tested and refined. It is also in these moments that we witness the incredible power of communal prayer, of unity in the body of Christ, and of the miracles that can come from unyielding trust in God's plan.

To our brothers and sisters in Israel and to everyone affected by these events, we stand with you in prayer and solidarity. We pray for peace, for healing, and for God's protection over the land. And we hold onto the hope that, in the end, God's love will prevail, and we will witness His miraculous hand in ways we could never have imagined.

Let us draw strength from 2 Chronicles 20:15 and remember that even in the face of adversity, the battle belongs to the Lord. And with Him by our side, there is no enemy, no challenge, and no situation that we cannot overcome.

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