Afraid? Dismayed?



Thus says the Lord to you, ?Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s….Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.?? (2 CH 20.15, 17)

When we face a “great horde”, be it actual enemies, financial problems, rebellious children, marital problems, sickness, or our own gigantic sin that looms before us, we can be tempted in two ways.? We can be tempted to be afraid and tempted to be dismayed.? God told Jehoshaphat two times not to give in to these temptations.

Do not be afraid or dismayed.? Don’t fear and don’t be discouraged.

God tells us not to yield to fear or discouragement,? for the battle belongs to him.? He is waging war against the sin in our life and in the life of that rebellious teen.? He is fighting the fear and unbelief in our hearts.? He is fighting for our holiness and joy.? The battle is not ours but God’s.

We must guard against this double-edged temptation.? We must battle fear and discouragement.

“Do not be dismayed” has to do with the present. We can be dismayed at the state of our marriage or how our kids are doing.? We can be discouraged at our slow progress to conquer a sin.

“Do not be afraid” has to do with the future. We fear for our teen if she continues the direction she’s going.? We fear there won’t be enough money next month.? We fear that this pain won’t go away.? God tells us not to be fearful for the future, nor be discouraged about the present.

A sister I know had been battling depression and was experiencing powerful emotions of discouragement and fear.? One day on her way into a store, she passed? a Salvation Army Lady collecting money.? She’d just heard a message about casting our bread upon the waters, so she went back and gave a dollar, and the lady gave her a little envelope with a card inside.? She opened it and the card read:

Thus says the Lord to you, ?Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’

God specifically spoke to her about the very emotions she was struggling with and greatly encouraged her that day, and he wants to encourage you today.? Do not be dismayed at what you see, nor afraid of what may be – the battle is the Lord’s.

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  • Ron Reffett says:

    I love that portion of scripture in 2 Chronicles 20:6-12, especially the part that says; “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
    Sometimes all we can do is look to the sovereign One and know that He is truly the only one who’s in control of our lives. He won’t let His children go and He is so very good at speaking to us in the midst of our trying circumstances, His voice comes through much clearer when the waves are crashing around us, maybe because we realize how much we need Him!
    Thanks for yet another encouraging start to the day!
    Ron Reffett

  • Naiesha says:

    Hi Mark!
    God bless you!!! This post salvaged me from utter despair. Was sorely discouraged (trials) and strong emotions of fear and doubt kept surging within. Your post aptly provided me with the right scriptures to pull me out!!!!

    Yes!!! He fights our battles!! The battle BELONGS to the LORD!!!! Praising and rejoicing in the Lord!!! God bless you immensely!!!!


  • Hey Ron,

    Yes that is a great portion of Scripture. I love the whole thing, the admission of our weakness, the need to keep our eyes on the Lord, the Lord speaking to us in the midst of trials – I’ve been greatly encouraged by that whole section. You’re so right – sometimes all we can do is look to the Lord! Thanks for your comments.

  • Hi Naiesha,

    I’m so glad the Lord would encourage you with his Word. The Lord is going to help you with all your cares, because he cares for you. It’s so amazing how the Lord knows exactly what we need to hear when we’re being tempted to fear or be discouraged.

  • megan says:

    Excellent meditation to start the day. Thanks

  • Thank you for this!!! It was very timely for me as we face a season of change- moving to a new house, a third baby on the way, and…well..even the process of weaning my 22-month-old off the pacifier has been causing some dismay recently. Not quite the rebellious teenager thing, but still this post hit home :) Thank you!

  • Hi Jennifer,

    You’re welcome, I’m grateful the Lord would encourage you through this. The battle is the Lord’s! Thanks for commenting.

  • Hey Megan,

    You’re welcome, and thank you!

  • emily says:

    thank you Mark. once again, you were an encouragement to me. for that, i’m grateful.

    still praying for you…

  • Thanks so much Emily!

  • Jordan says:

    The more difficult and impossible the situation, the more God likes to work and save us. Then we can glorify only Him.

  • Caroline says:

    “He is fighting for our holiness and joy.” Amen to that. Thank you Mark for your diligence in writing regularly. It is such an encouragement. And the post was at the right time, when i felt really discouraged. Just to focus on God and that He fights my battle. That itself should drive all fear away.
    Praising God for you and your ministry :)

  • Hi Caroline,

    Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement.

  • Hi Jordan,

    Great reminder to me. Thanks for adding your comment!

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