Don’t Retreat

Don’t Retreat

“He said: ‘Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’” – 2 Chronicles 20:15 In studying ancient warfare, it’s interesting to note that rather than two armies going against each other full force and clambering, they would often get within ten feet of one another and just jab and throw things. In fact, sometimes this strange practice of poking and tormenting went on for hours. Interestingly, if you watch closely, you can see the same thing happen in protests today. Typically, police officers and demonstrators stand on either side of an invisible line, and as long as they remain planted and engage from a distance, nothing drastically changes. However, whether in old-school battles or modern-day marches, people get hurt when

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Don’t Retreat

“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 One of the best reasons to be hopeful is to help others stay hopeful. When you study ancient warfare, it’s interesting to note that rather than two armies going against one another full force and clambering (think Braveheart), they would often get within 10 feet of each other and just jab and throw things. This would sometimes go on for hours. Interestingly, the same thing happens today when there’s a protest; you’ll notice police officers and protesters on either side of an invisible line. In both scenarios, people can die when they retreat. If someone on one side gets

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