July 30, 2020 - LISTEN HERE
“….In the midst of the assembly, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel who said…
"This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast number, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, go down against them. You will see them coming [up the Ascent of Ziz], and you will find them at the end of the valley [facing the Wilderness of Jeruel.] You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you, [Judah and Jerusalem]. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for Yahweh is with you.’”
Here's a little background associated with this verse: King Jehoshaphat, the fourth king of a divided Judah, was about to send his men against the wicked Moabites and Ammonites who had taken over the Promised Land. When speaking to the People, the Lord sent a message through Jahaziel - one of his men. The next morning, in the midst of tremendous confusion, the wicked troops began to fight each other! When Jehoshaphat’s men arrived, everyone was dead and they gathered the plundered, returning to Jerusalem safe and wealthy.
Note that vs18 says:
"You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you…. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for Yahweh is with you.”
These verses really struck a chord with me today.
How many times in the last several months - when we’ve been surrounded by tyranny, mandates, chaos, violence, and oppression - have you felt like the battle is overwhelming and no matter what we do, it is unwinnable?
If you’ve been joining @HappyHourwithDrT for a while now, you know that we’ve frequently referred back to - about putting on the full armor of God to engage in the battle.
But today’s verse offers a different perspective - let’s read it again, with a little paraphrasing:
"Do not be afraid or discouraged because of their numbers are vast. The battle is not yours, it's belongs to God. Go down against them. You will see them coming at you from all directions. Listen up: You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Face them, for God is with you.”
Perhaps after we put on the Full Armor of God, we need to give this battle to God by:
- Positioning Ourselves - shoulder to shoulder.
- Standing Still.
- Standing WITHOUT fear.
- Facing them
- Knowing God is on our side.
This is God’s battle… after all, we are fighting the Rulers of this Darkness for the survival of humanity, which is His creation.
I so often feel like I have to plow through. I need to take the body blows, stand up, and take a few more. Maybe you feel that way too. But what if there’s a different way, a better way…
Today's verses, 2 Chronicles 20:14-18 — bring to mind a few other of my favorite verses: (paraphrased)
- Isaiah 46:10 — BE STILL AND KNOW…
- Mark 10:27 — With God all things are possible
- Philippians 4:6— Be anxious for nothing; make all your requests be known to God
Dear Lord, thank You for continually giving us new guidance, new insights, bigger and better perspectives. You are here to help us navigate Earth School. You gladly take on our burdens, our anxieties, our FEARS. Lord, collectively we pray safety over our country, our city, our neighborhood, our home. Lord, we pray safety over our family, friends, and our own lives.
Lord, as a Gathering, we are following the directives You gave us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 - we are humbling ourselves, we are turning from our evil thoughts - by asking for forgiveness. We are seeking Your face.
Therefore, Lord, we ask You to heal our land, to purge our government, and to restore our lives. Thank you for the thousands of gentle reminders throughout Your Word. We are forever grateful for Your strength and Your love. We are grateful You hear and answer our prayers. Thy will be done. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.