They made war with the Hagrites…. And they were helped against them…for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him. 1 Chronicles 5:19-20
People who read through the Bible for the first time are often flummoxed when they come to First Chronicles because the first chapters are genealogies. But sprinkled throughout these chapters you’ll find people or groups commended for some virtuous feat. For example, in 1 Chronicles 5:18-22, we’re told the sons of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh were drawn into battle against the Hagrites. The Chronicler paused his record to tell us God helped these warriors because they cried to Him for aid in the battle. God heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.
We all face battles in life, and the devil sends “Hagrites” our way. But we shouldn’t shrink from the conflict. The Bible likens us to soldiers (2 Timothy 2:3). Don’t fear or flee in the battles of life. Cry out to God in the battle and put your trust in Him. He heeds our prayers and gives the victory.
Outside of Christ, I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious. Watchman Nee