Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Battle Is Not Yours

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.
2 Chronicles 20:15, 17

In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat suddenly learned a great army was coming against him. In alarm, he gathered the people before the temple and led them in earnest prayer: “O our God…” he said, “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.”

Just then a prophet declared a message from the Lord: “Do not be afraid nor dismayed… for the battle is not yours, but God’s… Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you.”

The next day, King Jehoshaphat put the choir at the head of his army, and the nation went to war armed with hymns of praise. The enemy, falling into chaos, slaughtered itself, leaving the spoils and plunder to the people of Judah.

Sometimes our best strategy in facing a trial or temptation is to pray: “Lord, I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on You.” Our Advocate has a way of fighting on our behalf as we position ourselves and sing songs of praise.

Anticipate your battles, fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have the victory.

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