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To Shew Himself Strong (2 Chronicles 16:9)

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible says that the Lord looks for opportunities “to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” He made a Red Sea and located it geographically so that many years later He could part it and lead His people through on dry ground (Exodus 14:10-31). At another time, He made sure to lead Israel to the Jordan river when it overflowed its banks to make His power more obvious when He led them across the Jordan river on dry land (Joshua 3:14-17). In another instance, God instructed Gideon to send home the majority of soldiers, visibly crippling the army of His own people. When the victory was won, no one doubted who gave the victory (Judges 7:1-25).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Could you survive in a fiery furnace or a den of lions? Neither could the three Hebrew children or Daniel. But God showed Himself strong (Daniel 3:19-28; Daniel 6:19-27).
  • (For everyone): Have you ever been in circumstances where it was obvious only God could deliver you? Is it possible that the Lord put you in such a place just so that He could shew himself strong?
  • What other events can you remember from scripture where the Lord worked the circumstances against His people in order to shew himself strong when He delivered His people?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for the great strength wherewith He delivers.
  • Ask God to help you praise Him for His power.