THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS

2Ch 20:12-15  “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; 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.”

Jehoshaphat was king over Judah. A report was brought to him of a great host of his enemies assembled against him. They were not at hand yet, but they were on their way. Jehoshaphat turned immediately to God.

There will always be tribulation in this world. By God’s grace, we may have seasons of quiet, but we need not think that our lives will be trouble-free. That notion goes against the very teaching of Jesus. Often, we wait to seek the Lord until troubles have invaded our lives and threaten to take us captive to doubt and fear. Instead of waiting until the enemy is in the house, we should seek the Lord early. We should seek Him with fervency, and with our whole heart.

As the church, we should come before Him as a body (with our little ones, our spouses, and our children), and dismiss any notion that some might be too weak, or of too little an understanding to appreciate the situation. It is not a sign of weakness to confess to Him that we know our strength (we have no might) and our wisdom (neither know we what to do) is not sufficient. Rather, it is evidence that we understand the truth that His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).

When we seek Him early and with an honest confession of our need of Him, He hears us. He sends His Holy Spirit, gives us the comfort of His presence, and says to our hearts “Don’t be afraid.” What a blessed peace is ours when He assures us that He has not forgotten us or His promises to us.

Seek Him early. Seek Him first. Do not seek the council of men: rest in the fact that the battle is not ours. He does not intend for us to fight things that are too great for us. We do need to heed His counsel and obey His voice. Then we can rejoice that He has claimed the battle for Himself and thus assured victory!

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