By Roger Moore
The Gathering Place at Critz
There’s a great passage of scripture found in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. It’s the story of Jehoshaphat who was King of Judah at the time and the threat of defeat from there enemy’s. There is so much derived from this portion scripture that I find it hard to focus on just one area but today we will do just. King Jehoshaphat brings the people together for prayer and fasting to seek the Lord for guidance as to what to do about the coming battle. He was facing certain devastation and defeat because the enemy far outnumbered them. His prayer was one of exaltation of who God was and what He had done in the past. Afterwards the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah and he began to share what the Lord had said which is the focus today.
2 Chronicles 20:14-17
Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: 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. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
We as believers often spend our days in worry and fear of what the enemy of our souls, Satan, is doing at the time. Instead of running to the mercy seat of God seeking Him for the answers to our current situation.
The Lord tells them it’s not their battle, their fight, their struggle, or their concern it’s His! We are not to fight the enemy but allow God to do it for us. When Jesus went to the Father and was seated at His right hand He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. He, the Holy Spirit guides us and directs us through this crazy world as we seek Him and listen to the still small voice. The enemy loves to overwhelm us and cause us to think we just cannot win but the truth is Jesus has already won the battle for us when He died on the cross and rose again!
If you are God’s child then the you need not fight in the struggle. Simply believe in and lean on the power that resides within you. Stand still, wait and be patient, and see the salvation of the Lord. Salvation means deliverance from the enemy’s power to defeat you! Prayer, praise, and worship are the weapons given you to defeat the enemy of your soul.
Why not start using them instead of trying to fight in a battle that we need not fight in and that we cannot win on our own. The battle belongs to God, not us! Stand still, wait patiently, and rest in the assurance that our Father God has it all under control.
As you read the story found in the scripture reference you will see in verse 21 a portion of a song that the frontline sang on their way into battle. “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” Sing today for the battle belongs to God! Sing and shout it aloud in the face of your problems for our Father is merciful and worthy of our praise! Until next time, blessings!