Be Still

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you” (2 Chronicles 20:17).

One of the strategies that the enemy uses against us is exhaustion and frustration. The enemy enjoys provoking a reaction out of us and tempting us to engage things in the flesh. We have to rely on God to fight our battles and learn to be still. God wants us to be still so that we can rest and preserve our energy. In 2 Chronicles 20, a great army came up against Israel when Jehoshaphat was King. The King was afraid mainly because he knew that he did not have the military strength to fight back or to retaliate against the armies.

Jehoshaphat did the only thing that he knew how to do. He sought the face of God and proclaimed a fast among his people. “O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12). Jehoshaphat acknowledged his frailty before God. He praised God and acknowledged God’s ability to defend him as he recalled all the times when God had won battles on behalf of his people. While the King and the people cried out to God, they received an answer from him.

Three things the Lord said to the people. 1. Don’t be afraid of the army. 2. You do not need to fight this battle. In other words preserve your strength and save your energy. 3. Go out and stand before them for the Lord will be with you. Jehoshaphat not only stood with his people, but he raised a sound of worship. He appointed singers to give praise to the Lord. “And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed” (2 Chronicles 20:22).

Resist the urge to engage your physical senses in every trial and difficulty and do not allow your responses to be carnal. God is ready and waiting to fight for you and angels are dispatched to win your battles. As long as you are engaging in the flesh, then God will not come to your defence. This is because you have taken the place of God in the situation. Surrender the challenge to God, pray fervently and then worship and let God fight for you. Victory is guaranteed and you will not be weary from fighting.

A.P.-Y.

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