We have to face battles everyday. They come in various forms, but one thing is sure, they will come. Most of the time they are as a temptation such as lust, greed or maybe it’s just being tempted to respond to someone in a manner that isn’t becoming of Christ, but either way it is a battle.
There is a story in 2 Chronicles 20 about King Jehoshaphat and his confrontation with an enemy that outnumbered him significantly. Jehoshaphat was scared and his immediate response was to turn his attention to seek the Lord. He’s starting in the right direction, don’t you think? I think it’s important to note he didn’t attempt to do anything without consulting the Lord first. How many times do we find ourselves in a tight spot and make rash decisions rather than seek God?
Jehoshaphat prayed saying, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are you not God in the heavens? And are you not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in your hand so that no one can stand against you.” He knew God had the ability to save them from the enemy. The way he ended this prayer is simply magnificent. He said, “O our God, will you not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” Wow! Will you not judge them? We are powerless! This is one of the most important lessons anyone will ever learn. It isn’t just addicts that have to discover they’re powerless; even great Kings have to come to the same realization. God has the power to deal with the enemy no matter what form he takes we just need to let him. All of us have times in our lives when we are faced with an enemy or situation we have no ability to handle. We find ourselves not knowing what to do, but like Jehoshaphat we can put our eyes on the Lord. Sometimes I think the Lord places us in situations that are impossible for us for this very reason. He already knows we are powerless, but it isn’t until we come to the same conclusion that we will look to him.
Well, what happened you might ask? The Spirit of the Lord came upon a man named Jahaziel and he said, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” “You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Tomorrow go out and face them, for the Lord is with you.” So we see, God is the one who is going to fight this battle, but they still have to go and face them. Most of the time we will still have to face our temptation or enemy, but the Lord is the one who will truly do the fighting. Sometimes our greatest temptation is to just “stand still.”
In fine fashion just like God always does he gave Jehoshaphat victory through a not so conventional means. He had the choir go out on the front lines to meet the opposition. You say, well I’ve never heard of such a thing. He sent out the praise and worship team, and they gave thanks to the Lord for his loving-kindness. The Lord so confused the enemy that they ended up fighting with one another until they destroyed each other. They left so much spoil that it took Jehoshaphat and his people three days to collect it all. God not only gave him victory he gave him great reward also. Could it be that the plan all along was for Jehoshaphat to be blessed? I wonder if God leads us into these difficulties because he wants to bless us. He knows if we don’t have a battle to big for us we won’t seek him. If we don’t seek him we can’t win the battle, and we will never receive the spoils. For us the spoils may be wisdom or maybe our faith strengthened so we learn to trust the Lord with more and more for the battles that are yet to come.
Written by Louie