THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S

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2 Chronicles 20:15 …Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.  

When faced with a problem or challenge, we tend to ask ourselves, “What am I going to do?” And well-meaning family members and friends will come along and also ask, “What are you going to do?”  

However, this is not the response that God wants from you – His response is “Will you let Me do it for you?” This is wonderfully illustrated by King Jehoshaphat when he was surrounded by several enemy forces advancing to attack and annihilate Israel. 

King Jehoshaphat faced a multitude of enemies. But instead of focusing on what he would do, he prayed, “O God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12).  

When we turn our eyes to God, we will hear Him say, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s... You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…” (2 Chronicles 20:15, 17)  

But standing still is the last thing we want to do when the enemy is coming against us. It is also the most difficult thing to do because we feel that we cannot just stand around and do nothing — we must try to save the situation. But God wants us to stand still and see Jesus, our salvation, fight for us.  

So what do you do the next time you are faced with a battle and don’t know what to do?  

King Jehoshaphat sent his singers to the front of the army to proclaim, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever” (2 Chronicles 20:21). Some people will wonder, “Does that mean that I just sing and don’t do anything else when I have a problem?” No, that is not what I am saying. Do what the situation requires, but don’t worry nor trust in what you can do. Like Jehoshaphat, rest and trust in God's mercy that endures forever.  

When you do that, God will turn your battlefield into the Valley of Berachah. Berachah means “blessings”. The children of Israel gave the battlefield this name because it took them three days to gather all the spoils of war! God turned their terrible situation into a great blessing! (2 Chronicles 20:25–26)  

Do you have a battle to fight? Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!  

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants us to rest, stand still in our hearts and see Jesus, our salvation, fight for us.