The Battle is not Yours
…..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
Awhile back I was deeply anxious about a situation. It was on me day and night. I sat down with my Bible one night and although I wanted to read, I didn’t know where to start. I remembered there were some scriptures I had jotted down but had yet to go back and read. One of them was 2 Chronicles 20:12. I liked the scripture a lot but was interested in the details surrounding it. I started at the beginning of 2 Chronicles 20 and what I read that night just rocked my world.
Several groups were out to attack Judah. Jehoshaphat was afraid and sought the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah. Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord. They even came from all of the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. (I am almost sharing this verbatim from the scripture, FYI.)
The first thing to stand out to me was that at the first sight of trouble, Jehoshaphat turned to the Lord.
In verses 5-12 Jehoshaphat begins to pray to God, verse 12 is my favorite. “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.”
For we are powerless….we don’t know what to do….but our eyes are on You. He admitted they could do nothing (in this he acknowledged God as the one with the power), and acknowledged that God was their leader (He should be). Total surrender, total dependence.
The next part is another favorite of mine. So much anticipation……..
All of Judah is standing there with their babies, children and wives. Then God speaks.
Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; and he 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. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.” (verses 14-17) (emphasis mine)
I am not embarrassed to say that I started crying bawling. I had such great relief and a sense of peace. Nothing had changed externally. This thing was still going to happen. The difference was, I knew my God was going to fight this battle for me.
In verses 18-19 everyone bowed in praise and worship to God. (They gave praise and worship long before they reaped the reward they were promised. The impending battle was still looming.)
Also, prior to the battle, the King speaks to his people and urges them to put their trust in the Lord. I think that’s pretty awesome.
In verses 20-23 the battle ensues. God sends the choir out in front of the army singing praises!!
Verses 24-25 tell us that the enemies had destroyed themselves and the people took their spoil.
In 26-34 the people praised God for the victory and Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace. All that he did was good in God’s eyes.
This is probably one of my favorite parts of the Bible. I encourage anyone reading this to go read 2 Chronicles 20. It shows what it’s like when God’s people fully trust Him, even in the scariest of times. It's powerful stuff!
**Taken from the blog Talking Out Loud http://www.connielowe.blogspot.com/