Opposition Arises…

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Being a Christian isn’t easy, if someone told you that accepting Christ as your Savior would make life easy, they lied to you. When you’re a Christian and you’re boldly proclaiming Christ there will be opposition, but thank God that He gives us strength to get through those hard times.

In 2 Kings 18 Hezekiah begins reigning in Judah. Hezekiah followed God’s commandments and destroyed the idols that had been plaguing Judah. Verses 5-7 say: “He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following Him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses.” Hezekiah was serving the Lord to the best of his abilities, but even he experienced opposition.

In the 14th year of his reign the king of Assyria decided to attack Judah. The king sends Rabshakeh to Jerusalem. Rebshakeh begins taunting Hezekiah, Judah, and God, saying that God won’t be able to deliver Judah from the mighty hand of Assyria. In response to this, Hezekiah goes to the temple and prays to God. He also reaches out to Isaiah the prophet who encourages him.

When opposition comes in your life, don’t think that God has abandoned you. He is still there and will strengthen you. He’ll put people in your life (like Isaiah) who can encourage you during hard times. When (not if) trouble comes, don’t run away from God, but run to Him.

Isaiah 41:10 says: “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”

So, don’t be afraid when opposition comes but continue to look to God to strengthen and sustain you.

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