"They're coming to get you. A whole lot of people are coming from beyond the sea, and they're coming for you." Jehoshaphat was afraid and rightly so. But he did not put his faith in wisdom, or in money, or in the might of his armies, he put his faith in God.
He dropped everything and sought the Lord. He commanded a fast throughout the land. This was a man who knew that the battle was not his to fight or to win, it belonged to the Almighty God.
In his prayer, II Chronicles 20:6-12, he recognized the sovereignty of God. He was saying, "God, You created the heavens and the earth. There's Nobody greater, Nobody greater than You.
A whole lot of people are coming after us to destroy us, and they will too.
But You have the power to stop them. With You on our side we can prevail against them. So here I am, here's Your people, humbly bowed before You asking for help, for grace, for mercy. Hear us and come to our aid."
The entire country stood before the Lord. Waiting for an answer (II Chronicles 20:13).
The response was swift:
"Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them... You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you. (II Chronicles 20:15-17)”
Notice the words that are used in this passage: You will not need to fight. Position yourself. Stand still and see. Do not fear.
There are a lot of action words here but it's clearly conveyed that all God's people have to do is be obedient and submissive to God and He will do the rest.
There's this thing that I do when I'm upset or worried or scared: I build up this whole scenario in my mind and I battle it out. I imagine my opponents and give them their lines and practice my response. And I find myself getting madder and madder and madder.
I can't concentrate because I'm arguing with the people in my head. But thank God He interrupts my thoughts and reminds me that the battle is not mine, but His.
Oftentimes when this happens, after I have subjected that, whatever it is that's bothering me, when it comes time to face it, it's as if the wind blew it away. God fought the battle for me and I didn't even have to lift a finger.
My friend, God loves you just as much as He loved Jehoshaphat. He's saying the same thing to you today, "My child, you will not need to fight. Position yourself. Stand still and see my salvation. Do not be afraid. I am with you."
Almighty God, I subject myself into Your hand because I know that the things that seem impossible for me are possible for You. Thank You for fighting on my behalf and those times when I forget, remind me that the battle is not mine, but Yours. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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