You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17
Everyday people face difficult situations. Situations where there is a battle being drawn up to fight. The enemy is coming against a person in some form. Sometimes it is physically, many times it is in other ways outside of being physical attacks. These attacks can be mentally or socially damaging attacks.
Most people will want to rise up and fight against the attack or they will flee quickly from the attack. Very few people like to stand still when an attack is immanent.
Several armies had banded together against Judah to wage war against them. The number of soldiers was so great, that King Jehoshaphat immediately went to God about it. God told him that the battle was not his and that he was just to stand still and watch what would happen. God would win the battle without the help of King Jehoshaphat and his army.
Very few people like to stand still when there is an enemy coming against them. Most will rise up to fight, but sometimes the best thing to do is stand still and let God fight the battle.
There are many battles that people cannot win on their own. Fighting back will result in more injury on both sides with a loss of the battle by the believer. There are times when it is God’s battle to win. The believer must just stand still, trusting God and watching what He does.
God is the ultimate warrior. He cannot lose any battle. When God wins a battle like this, it is to His glory and honor. There is no doubt that God did the work.
You may have enemies coming against you in your life. These enemies could be actual people or they could be non-physical enemies, such as sickness, pain, injury, mistreatment or more.
As a human, you are limited in what you can do. Seek God and find out what He wants you to do. Sometimes He may give you the strength and direction to fight the battle. Other times He may have you sit still and watch Him fight the battle for you. Let God guide the battles and win the battles in your life.
I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will trust God’s strategies; that you will see God winning the battles; and that you will be a testimony of God’s work to this world.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 1 Corinthians 4:16
Looking around the world, things do not always look very good. There is trouble and pain everywhere one looks. People are getting sick, people are dying, people are hungry, people are without clothes, people are at war, and the list goes on.
Along with what most of the world does not like and thinks is bad, are the things that God is looking at. Sin abounds and appears to be growing more rapidly than ever before. Certain sins that were never talked about are now openly being promoted and expected, not only in the world, but also in the church.
There are many believers who are working hard at reaching those in the world. They strive to spread the gospel to everyone they meet. Yet, sometimes it looks like as though they are not making any progress.
Then there are the problems that a believer faces in his own life. He repents of a sin and works to stay from it, but falls back into that sin. It appears as if he will never stop sinning. And every person, believer or not, faces the body getting old and breaking down. It is frustrating and discouraging and many lose heart.
Paul faced all of this, yet said that they do not lose heart. Regardless of what is going on in this body or this world, a believer must never lose heart. God is still in control and at work.
The believer is constantly being renewed each day on the inside. God is working daily to make the believer into someone more like Jesus. It is a slow, but steady process that will take a life time to complete.
Inside the believer is always the hope of eternity with God. The troubles of this world are only temporary and will end some day.
You, along with every believer, is someone on this path in this life. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and the eternity that He has promised you. Do not get discouraged and lose heart because of the way this world looks, or what you are going through.
Even though your body may be breaking down or sin appears to be more prevalent, God is with you. He is building you up. Don’t give up, you are being renewed!
I pray today that you will see God’s work in you; that you will focus on Jesus; that you will trust God’s work; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; and that you will share that hope you have in Jesus with others.