2 Chronicles 13
Focus Verse: The Israelites were subdued on that occasion, and the people of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their ancestors. (18)
Because Abijah and the people of Judah had not forsaken the Lord, they were confident that He would fight for them and give them the victory over Jeroboam and the Israelites. Jeroboam’s army had 400,000 more men than Abijah’s army, but they were still defeated because they failed to realize that one (or a few) with God are a majority. It is useless for humans to fight against God.
2 Chronicles 14
Focus Verse: He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands. (4)
Asa did what was good and right before God, but he did not stop there. He also encouraged others to seek the Lord and obey the Lord.
2 Corinthians 4
Focus Verse: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (16)
Even though we go through trouble and trials and often endure hard pressure and crushing persecution, we do not lose heart and we do not lose hope. We are not crushed because we know that we are more than conquerors in Christ. We are not in despair because Christ has given us unspeakable joy. We are not abandoned because we have Christ’s promise that He will never leave or forsake us. We are not destroyed because we know that Christ rose from the dead. One day, we too will be raised to live with Him forever.
Despite our physical weakness, despite the temptation to give up, Christ’s resurrection renews us each day and empowers us with the strength we need to continue running our race. We do not focus on the temporary things that we can see, but on those eternal things that we cannot see. The weight of coming glory far outweighs our current troubles.