“This battle is not yours but God’s” 2Chronicles 20:15B
Our hands are clenched tight, our hearts are wrenched, and there is sweat dripping from our brows.
And we hang on and we hold tight to a tattered thread of control. We dig in and we fight, we battle and we are weary.
And these battles that we are in…they are not ours to fight. There is help. This is a road we don’t have to travel alone.
“O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, BUT WE ARE LOOKING TO YOU FOR HELP.” 2Chronicles 20:12 NLT
“This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” 2Chronicles 20:15B&17A NLT
Mathew Henry’s commentary says this about this particular passage of scripture: “That is true courage which faith inspires a man with; nor will any thing contribute more to the establishing of the heart in shaking times than a firm belief of the power, and mercy, and promise of God. The heart is fixed that thus trusteth in the Lord, and is kept in perfect peace. In our spiritual conflicts, this is the victory, this is the prosperity, even our faith”.
We don’t need to fight. What we need is to lean in, lean on, to let go and yield to The One who fights for us. To look to The One who longs to help us. The One who gives us victory. To hold to a firm belief of the power, and mercy, and promise of God.
Do I, do we have that kind of faith? Faith that stands still and stands back and waits for God to give us victory?
For me that’s hard. I’m a plunge in, charge through, take control kind of girl. I don’t wait very well and I certainly don’t like standing still.
When the ground is shaking and your fear is overwhelming, it’s not easy to stand back and wait, to trust, to have faith that God will not only fight for me but will also give me the victory.
When it was time for the battle Jehoshaphat appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:
“Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!”
Stand still. Look up to The One who will give you victory. Look to Him for help. Sing praises to Him even in the midst of shaking ground and battle.
Oh for faith like this.
Radical faith. Radical trust. Intentional praising.
Graced by God