17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” 2 Chronicles 20:17
Why is it that sometimes think that standing firm means we are all alone? Whether this means that we are standing firm and God is by our side, or we are standing firm and we have our friends and family by our side, either way we are not alone.
I’ve used this example before, but I think it is important to use it again in this context:
In the game red rover the object is for one team to send one person over to the other team with the goal of “breaking through” the other team’s linked arms or clasped hands.
When you’re the person running towards the team, you are seeking to find the “weakest link.”
When you are the team preparing for the person to run towards you, you widen your stance and brace yourself.
I can’t help but compare widening our stance and standing firm, especially in the context of this verse.
Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem.
We are to assume the position of offense, bracing ourselves for impact, but knowing that God will deliver us. We are prepared for battle when we stand firm.
Standing firm gives us the confidence we need that only a strong faith can provide.
As we hold our ground, we maintain that God has our back. This is one of the reasons we can brace ourselves and not be afraid when that issue/sin/temptation comes hurling towards our heads, threatening to take us out.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.
What is that thing you need to face right now? Go out and face that thing, sweet friend. Be confident in knowing that The Lord goes before you and is with you!
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:3