Friday, June 3, 2011

The Battle is the Lord's



Yesterday I posted about feeling distracted and disconnected from God.   After posting that, I put on my armor and got serious about praying.  I asked God to really open my eyes and speak to me through His Word.  After praying, I opened my Bible to where I left off reading yesterday.  Today's passage was from 2 Chronicles, and this scripture really spoke to me about being in a battle.

In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, faced a battle.  When he heard that a vast army was coming to attack Judah, he was terrified.  Have you ever felt terrified?  Maybe not because of an impending military attack, but maybe from an impending foreclosure or business failure.  Our flesh may want to run and hide, but we should do what Jehoshaphat did.  He begged the Lord for guidance and ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. (vs. 3)  We may feel overwhelmed and powerless against this "mighty army" that is about to attack us.  But we cry out to God:

We do not know what to do, 
but we are looking to you for help.  
2 Chronicles 20:12

When we run to God, He gives us new perspective.  When Jehoshaphat cried out to God, this is what he heard:  "Don't be discouraged by this mighty army (your battle), for the battle is not yours, but God's." (vs. 15)  God then gives instructions for what to do next. (vs. 17)
  • Take your positions - on your knees in prayer
  • Stand firm - don't give up
  • Watch the Lord's victory - keep your eyes fixed firmly on Him
What really gets me excited is what happens next.  Early the next morning the army of Judah went out to meet the opposing army.  On the way, King Jehoshaphat told the people to believe in the Lord and stand firm.  The musicians began to sing,  "Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!"   At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the enemy armies began fighting among themselves.  So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point, all they saw was dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. (vs. 24)  Doesn't that make you want to shout?

What battle are facing today?  Unsure of what to do?

Blinders on, gazed fixed, heart steadfast, eyes on Jesus.  
The battle is the Lord's. 

7 comments:

  1. If we could always just remember to turn our daily battles over to the Lord...how much easier things would be! If our God is for us who can be against us.

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  2. 'The Lord is my light and my salvation; of whom shall I be afraid? The Lord is the stronghold in my life; whom shall I fear?' Psalm 27:1
    My memory verse of the week is reflective of how I am feeling when I choose it--we are on the same page with this one sister!
    The battle is the Lord's!

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  3. Great post! I was at the Christian book store yesterday (one of my favorite places that I could so go broke in, lol) and saw a plaque that said, "When you can't stand any longer, hit your knees." I love that saying. We need to turn it all over to God. We need to cry out to Him and say His name.

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  4. Thanks for this, Lisa. The way you describe your feelings the last little while resonates with me. I wasn't sure what was wrong, or even if there was something wrong. I still felt committed and safe, just distracted and distant. But your idea that it might be warfare makes me stop and think. Tonight I read again the words of the hymn, "Breathe on me Breath of God," and prayed them as a prayer. I love the resurgence of joy it brought. But I will definitely be checking my armour,thanks to your reminder. I need to focus, once more.

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  5. Great post Lisa. I've been in a "battle" situation a couple times this last year, and each time the solutions only came when I finally placed the battle in God's Hands.

    Have a Blessed Weekend!

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  6. What great insights! Will you consider linking up at www.BeholdingGlory.com on Friday sharing how the Lord is revealing Himself to you? I would love for more women to have the opportunity to hwar from you.

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  7. Awesome post Lisa. Yes, I want to shout praised to our Lord.

    God bless,
    Ken

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