2Chronicles 20:1-30, vs. 12 “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
Jehoshaphat confessed this, “…But our eyes are upon thee” An eye of acknowledgement of humble submission to God. An eye of faith and entire dependence on God. An eye of desire and hearty prayer to God, An eye of hope and patient expectation from God. “In thee, O God! do we put our trust; our souls wait on thee.’’ Psalm 25:1-2, “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul: 2. O my God, I trust in You: Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me”
While all Judah (including the little ones) stood before the Lord to seek Him, a message from the Lord through Jahaziel came to Jehoshaphat saying, vs. 15, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s”. Fear is the absence of courage which could result from threat of danger. Anytime the Lord planned to do something in someone’s life, you always hear Him deal with fear first. We all deal with fears at certain levels and degrees. This is one of the weapons the enemy uses to cripple believers because he is the captain of fear. Fear threatens faith, and God has given us what we need to combat fear, 2Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. He told Abraham, Hagar, Joshua, the children of Israel, Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joseph, Mary, Paul, the disciples etc. to fear not, not be afraid because God knows that one battle his people have is the battle of fear. Fear of losing someone, fear of being abandoned, fear of danger, fear of failing etc. This is why He dealt with fear first to get it out of the way that faith may prevail. The same message came to Jehoshaphat, God dealt with His fear then gave His word, “…for the battle is not yours, but God’s”. What a relief, what a blessing to know His words makes a difference. Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand”
If the battle is the Lord’s, then we don’t need to fight and no need to go to the battle ground. There is no work for us to do there as they thought. Read what the continuous message was vs. 16, “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”. This would bring back fear in some of us. If the battle is the Lord’s why tell us to go against what brought us fear, the reason we came to Him in the first place? This is an indication we are not going in our own might and also, it’s an indication that we can fight scared without retreating or surrendering. It’s easy to want victory while sitting down, however I say, victory comes when you have sought the Lord and the Lord tells you to go against the impossible. It’s at this battleground that you see victories unfold before your eyes. It’s in this battlefield that you see the mountains melt like wax in His presence. All the people I mentioned before who were told not to be afraid still showed up in their own battle fields and so will we.
It is interesting that the Lord told them to go against the army without preparation, explanation or strategies. Then He says, go against them but don’t fight just stand? Only God would say things that sound foolish and do not make sense and still be trusted.
When you don’t know what to do and He tells you to do what you couldn’t do, be encouraged that He has a plan. The reason He is bringing you to the battlefield you want to run away from is to demonstrate to you His power. It gives a chance for the situation to know why God is present in it, not because of you, its in spite of you. Romans 8:37, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. We only concur what He has concurred, that is how we become more than conquerors. How will you concur what He has concurred without your being present in the battle field where He is concurring? This is why I praise God and though fear is overwhelming me, I can still go against it fighting scared because I know He knows and I will see Him do things I never imagined or thought. To continue. Blessings Ev
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