Thursday, 16 July 2020
The first phrase of 2 Samuel 2:7 grabbed my heart when I read it: "Now therefore, be strong and brave." This message went from King David to the to the men of Jabesh-gilead, as David commended them for honoring Saul in death. This is not the first time a similar message has found its way into the Scriptures. Joshua, Gideon, and even David himself received this message and wrote it in the Psalms. Later, David would pass this message on to his son, Solomon.
I want to share an observation about strength and courage. We never know if we really have it until we need it. Untested, it's just "out there." By "out there" I mean it's of unknown quantity and quality. So, let me pray ... Lord of heaven and earth, build within each of us the capability to be strong and full of valor. Fill our hearts+with the desire to follow You in faithfulness. And may we be found faithful in the day of battle. In Yeshua's name. Amen.
Psalm 18:38-40 "I pursue my enemies and overtake them, and will not return till they are wiped out. I will crush them till they cannot rise, till they fall beneath my feet. For You girded me with strength for battle. You made those who rose up against me bow down before me."
We never know our capabilities until God calls upon us. The Scripture promises this ... Luke 8:17 "For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor secret that shall not be known and come into open view."
When God calls, courage and strength will be revealed. So let's pray again, "May we be found faithful in the day of battle. In Yeshua's name. Amen."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,