WEDNESDAY 8TH AUG., 2018
WORD FOCUS: THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S
TEXT: 2 Chronicles 20:15 “And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor
dismayed by reason 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?” Definitely, well-meaning family members and friends will come along and ask, “What are you going to do?” Jehoshaphat faced a multitude of enemies. Instead of focusing on what he would do, he prayed, “O our 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 Chron. 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 Chron. 20:15, 17) However, 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. Though, God wants us to stand still and see Jesus our salvation fight for us. As a soldier of Christ, every form of battle we may face on this earth belongs to God. Why is this assertion so? Simply put, since our victory has been secured through Jesus death at the cross, (Col 2:15) today we do battle by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13). We are in a warfare and not a play fare and we are expected to see what we are fighting against or wrestling with in Eph. 6:12 and the provision to win has also been given in verse 11&13 in order to be strong in verse 10. Prayerfully outline these verses in Ephesians chapter 6 verse 10-18 and internalize the method of how to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
So what do you do the next time you are faced with a battle and don’t know what to do? Jehoshaphat sent his singers to the front of the army to proclaim, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” (2 Chron. 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 and don’t trust in what you do. Like Jehoshaphat, rest and trust in His 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 situation into a great blessing! (2 Chron. 20:25–26) Do you have a battle to fight? Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!
MEDITATION: 2 Cor. 10:3-5
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
JUDGES 20/ACTS 24/JER.34/MARK 9
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