Even the most enthusiastic reader of the Bible would probably agree that the genealogies are not very exciting. Lists of names, mostly difficult, are hard to get through and even harder to learn anything from. Still, here and there, we can find a little lesson. This passage, from the early chapters of 1 Chronicles, that longest stretch of geneaological data, contains a simple, timeless truth.
The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh had forty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty valiant men, men able to bear shield and sword, to shoot with the bow, and skillful in war, who went to war. They made war with the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.
– 1 Chronicles 5:18-20 (NKJV)
Daily we face the onslaughts of the world, the flesh and the devil. We’re stupid to try to fight these battles on our own. We’re way too weak and we ought to know it. So what hope do we have for victory? The same hope these ancient tribes of Israel possessed. We can cry out to God in the battle and put our trust in Him.