The Battle is Not Yours!
“And (Jahaziel) said, ‘Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’” 2 Chronicles 20:15
Jehoshaphat was the King of Judah in ancient days. Historically, three armies: Moab, Ammon, and Edom planned to go to war with him. When these three armies were about fifty miles from Jerusalem, a group of lookouts came and reported to the king of the impending battle to take place. After Jehoshaphat received this disturbing news, he didn’t get rattled; instead, he called on the people of Judah to join him in prayer and fasting.
During Jehoshaphat’s prayer, the Bible says the Spirit of the Lord came upon a man named Jahaziel who told the king to stand still, be brave, and wait to see the victory the Lord would provide in His perfect way! Read the full story in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30, and make note of not only the miraculous manner in which God defeated these armies who had come against His leader and His people, but also make a list of all the ways in which God confirmed His character and His presence to king and country in their time of crisis!
How important it is for us to admit, like Jehoshaphat that we are powerless in the face of a current or impending crisis while also remembering that our God is all powerful and completely sovereign to handle the situation! When I have truly waited on the Lord in a difficult situation in my ministry and not tried to do it myself, I have been amazed over and over as to the simplicity of God’s taking care of the situation and the peace I have afterwards. Pastor Louie