11/17/2013

Let God Fight Your Battle

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" (II Chronicles 20:15).

II Chronicles 20 tells of a huge confederate army of 3 nations that came against Judah to destroy her. In the natural, there was no way out. It seemed that Judah was doomed; but instead there occurred an incredible victory when King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah decided to let God fight their battle.

Are you facing overwhelming odds in any area of life today? Do you belong to God? He will also fight your battle. You live under a better covenant than did Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah. Stop trying to fight on your own and put yourself and your situation in God's hands today. He will bring about victory in ways you never imagined possible.


There are 5 important responses on the part of Jehoshaphat and Judah that are expressed through their prayer and their obedience, and these are very telling for us today.

1) They acknowledged the absolute, sovereign power of God in the situation  (vss. 5-6).
2) They acknowledged their own human inadequacy and helplessness in the situation (vs. 12).
3) They reminded God of His covenant promises to answer prayer and that He had given them the very land the enemy was seeking to take (vss. 8-11).
4) They focused their faith on God, saying, Our eyes are upon Thee (vs. 12).
5) They obeyed and went out to face the enemy with the singers and praisers out front, shouting praises to God as they went out to face the enemy (vs. 21).

As Judah marched forth against her enemy singing and praising God, confusion hit the enemy camp and they began to fight and kill one another. By the time Israel reached the battlefield all that was left was dead bodies lying everywhere. The LORD had fought their battle! There was much jewelry and precious metals on the dead bodies. In fact there was so much "stuff" that it took the people of Judah 3 days to carry off the spoils from the battle--the battle the LORD had won for them. They renamed the area the Valley of Berachah, which means Valley of Blessing. The place that looked as though it would be a place of destruction had become a place of blessing when they let the LORD fight their battle.


Put yourself and your situation in God's hands now and let Him fight your battle!