Sometimes, when circumstances arise which are beyond our control, and especially when the Lord has instructed us to ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10), one of the hardest things for us to do is to be still and do nothing. Our human nature screams that we should be doing something, and we try to find ways of helping God out, especially when the situation seems to be going on far longer than we anticipated.
This is just the time when we need to be obedient and listen to the voice of the Lord, for not every battle strategy is the same, and there are times when we don’t have to fight at all! ‘For the battle is not yours, but the Lord’s’ (2 Chronicles 20:15).
It sounds terribly simple, but why fight battles we’re not meant to fight – especially when God’s saying He’ll fight them for us!
In the context of today’s verse, we find that one day King Jehoshaphat suddenly discovered that all of his enemies had joined together with the intention of attacking and invading the land. The king’s immediate reaction was to humble himself before God and to ask for God’s help, and he gathered the nation in prayer. God’s reply was that He would deal with it, and all they had to do was to stand still – it wasn’t their battle.
The result was that as the people sang praises to God, He set Judah’s enemies against each other, and not one of their enemies was left alive. As you can imagine there was great rejoicing in the camp when the result of the battle was unveiled.
God sometimes allows difficult circumstances to develop our faith in Him, and, if the answer seems a long time coming, it’s because, when it does come, there’s no doubt as to whom the glory is due. God was, and always is the victor.
The scripture declares that ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning’. (Psalm 30:5). Perhaps your ‘night’ of difficulty is not just a physical night of 12 hours; it may be a ‘night’ of many months or even years. But joy is coming. God is greater than our personal timetables, and, as Jehoshaphat discovered when he humbled himself, God is true to His Word, and ‘No weapon formed against (God’s people) will prosper’ (Isaiah 54:17).
Maybe God has said this to you before, but here it is again. ‘You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you’.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to heed the words of Your Holy Spirit as He reminds us to stand and be still, to trust You, and to let God to be God in all our circumstances. He truly is the victor and to Him alone belongs all the glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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