“Thus the men of Israel were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers.”
2 Chronicles 13:18 ESV
This particular verse begins with the word “thus” which indicates that there is a story (or scenes) leading up to this conclusion. I trust you are intrigued to know what led the writer to make this statement and will be reading verses one all the way down. Go ahead. If you don’t, you will miss out on the joy this verse brings.
Now that you have read and are all caught up, can you just see the opposing armies facing each other ready to fight to the death. On one side stands the army of Judah with their king, Abijah. They had 400,000 able fighting men. On the other side stood Jeroboam and his army, 800,000 able troops. Twice the size of Judah’s army.
As the scene unfolds we hear Abijah declaring in verses 4-5, that though they (the men of Israel) had a vast army, Judah would be victorious because they had the Lord on their side.
Say what Abijah!?!?!?
He saw the numbers. He possibly knew about the ambush, yet He spoke from a position of confidence and trust that God was bigger than 800,000 men. Talk about faith.
The war ended with Judah being triumphant! Jehovah Saboath fought for His children and gave the enemy into their hands. Verse 17 reveals that they were able to slay – get this – 500,000 of the opposing army. They slayed 100,000 more than even their numbers.
Let’s take a selah moment and do a David dance 💃🏾.
Friends, through God we are MIGHTY. It doesn’t matter if our challenges are against a mortal being, an inanimate object, or our greatest enemy of all time (Satan). We are mighty through God. So like Moses told the Israelites who felt cornered at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:13-14),
Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.