“All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly.” 2 Chronicles 15:15
God’s people would come to him and confess their sins just to go back to sinning again. But every time he forgave them just as he promised he would. Giving them a peace that comes from true repentance. It says, “I really was wrong and I really wish to do right.” But as the world gets hard we often go back into our sins. But God is always ready for us to come back to him no matter how bad we’ve been.
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” 2 Chronicles 16:9
God is perfect and he is just. So when we sin we will pay the consequences. If we run back to him though, he is loving, and will take us back. As parents, I can remember grounding my kids for bad behavior but as they show true repentance, I sometimes forgot about my threats and let them slide because I loved them and wanted to see them happy.
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15
God is our champion. He loves his own and will fight for them. We so often let things get to us. Every trial and difficult moment we need to take right to God. The sooner the better. It may be that he’s using it to strengthen us. But he uses everything for our good and he will be with us through everything. Sometimes God will work out impossible situations that we never imagined in his own special way.
“…men went to carry off the plunder, they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and articles of value-more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect.” 2 Chronicles 20:25
In this instance God sent his angels to thwart their enemies, who actually turned on each other and annihilated themselves. And because God is a God of abundance he gave them such a great victory. They not only received the spoils of war but there was so much abundance that it took three days to collect it all.
“He sought God during the days of Zechariah who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.” 2 Chronicles 26:5
So many times the Bible tells us of people who served and followed after him were blessed and successful. Proof that he is good.
Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.” 2 Chronicles 27:6
“…he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.” 2 Chronicles 31:21
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him. With him is only the arm of the flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us fight our battles.” 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
If God be for us who can be against us. We may have enemies but who is greater than our God. Can anyone beat him? I know who I want on my side.
“Who of all the gods of these nations that my predecessors has destroyed has been able to save his people from me? How then can your god save you from my hand?” 2 Chronicles 32:14
This just boggles my mind. How the Israelites kept turning to false gods even after the one true God did so much for them. Even the people fighting against them knew God was fighting for them and they didn’t stand a chance. But they still sought false gods. Hoping.
“And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.” 2 Chronicles 32:31
God wins in the end. The bad guy loses and all is right.