Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. II Chronicles 20:15b NIV
I find it amazing that God has to remind me often that He wants to be involved in my daily life. I don’t know about you, but I simply forget that He’s standing by, just waiting for me to turn to Him and let Him guide me through my problems. He constantly has to remind me that if I’m willing, my battles are not mine…they're His!
In II Chronicles, King Jehoshaphat hears that three armies have united and are on the march toward Jerusalem! He knows his army has no chance to stand against them, so he makes an appeal of protection to the Lord. “O Lord, God of our fathers…we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
God’s reply is immediate and wonderful: They don’t need to be afraid or discouraged because the battle is His.
But . . . ”Go out to face them tomorrow.” What?! God says He will fight the battle, but we still have to march up against an army that’s at least three times our size?!
For King Jehoshaphat and all his fellow soldiers, it becomes a distinct matter of faith. Is their faith in God real . . . real enough to march toward an army that will surely decimate them, unless God keeps His promise and enters the battle Himself?
The way they respond is exemplary! First, they all fall down and worship the Lord, then early the next morning they march – straight toward the enemy. But then they set the bar really high for all believers who would follow in centuries to come (that’s us!), for not only do they exhibit great faith by marching toward this vast army, they also appoint a men’s choir to lead the way! And as they march, with the choir in front, they sing praise to God for the splendor of His holiness! Now that’s faith. Simply amazing, life-on-the-line faith!
Of course, God was faithful to His promise. He ambushed the enemy armies and caused them to completely destroy each other.
And I must remember that those soldiers were people just like me. Same fears, same struggles. But they sure stepped up to the plate and showed me what it means to put my life in the hands of my faithful God!
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Do you sometimes feel that a vast army is coming up against you? Do you truly believe God is willing to act on your behalf? Pick up our shield of faith each morning before the day begins and allow Him to guide you throughout the day.
Lord, many times my faith is so weak. Please help my unbelief. Help me to take that first, hard step, believing that you will carry me the rest of the way. And, Lord, help me to sing your praises as I go!! Amen.
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