“The Battle Is Not Yours, It’s God’s”

The last few Sunday’s, our pastors have been teaching on a series entitled, “Victory in your Tough Times”.  This series reminded me of one of my favorite battles in the old testament.  You can find the story in 2 Chronicles 20. God’s chosen people, the Israelites, found themselves in an impossible situation. The Israelite King Jehoshaphat got a message one day that there were three armies on their way to destroy Israel. Wow! What a predicament. Can you imagine. Three armies against one.

Have you ever been in a situation that seemed unfair or impossible? Ever felt like you were facing a problem so big that it seemed like you were completely outnumbered? Maybe you or your spouse had lost a job, and you didn’t know how you were going to pay the bills. Perhaps a close loved one has been touched by an unexpected illness, or your checkbook shows more withdrawals than deposits. Maybe you have been dealing with an addiction that you just can’t seem to break. Perhaps you’re confronted with a challenge where there is no resolution. See in life, you can start to feel totally outnumbered just like King Jehoshaphat.

Well, King Jehoshaphat found himself in an unfair or impossible situation and had to make a choice.  He could have choose to freak out, get angry, be fearful or even question God. However King Jehoshaphat didn’t do any of those things.  He made a better choice.  Lets look at the scripture to see what he did.  It is the same thing we should do when we are in an impossible situation. We should:

Remember God’s Power

King Jehoshaphat didn’t whine and cry about how hard his situation was. He looked to God and prayed, “O, Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in Heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you.” Do you know what Jehoshaphat is doing? He is remembering that God has MORE power than his enemy. WAY more power.

That’s what you need to do. When you face sickness, remember God’s power over sickness. When you face temptation, remember God’s power over temptation. When you face sadness, remember God’s power to give us joy. Remember God’s power!!!!

Then, King Jehoshaphat prayed some more. He prays, “O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?” What’s he doing? The same thing we should do:

Remember God’s Promises

King Jehoshaphat was remembering God’s promises to His people, the Israelites. We can do the same thing. God has promised many things to us in His Word, the Bible.

* When you are sick, remember God’s promise to heal you.
* When you are lonely, remember God’s promise to never leave you. * When you are weak, remember God’s promise to be your strength.

God’s promises are true. He has never broken a promise. We can count on Him to always come through when He promises something. And that’s what Jehoshaphat knew. He remembered God’s promises. But, what he did next was totally amazing.

King Jehoshaphat told the singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising Him. Can you believe that? He put the choir out front. Not the soldiers. Not the fighters. The choir. They sang and sang and sang praise to God. They worshipped Him. Why? Because they knew He was the only one who could bring them the victory!

And that’s what we need to do. After we remember God’s power, after we remember God’s promises, we need to Worship.

Remember To Worship

You wouldn’t think that singing and worshipping God could actually do anything to win a battle. But, the moment they started singing and worshipping God, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. By the time the Israelites got to the place where the battle was supposed to take place, the battle was over and their enemies were dead. That’s the power of worship.

You and I can have that same exciting result. When we are in a battle, all we have to do is begin to praise and worship the One who can win the battle. God will bring victory even in the midst of our worship. As long as we remember that He is the one who wins the battle, worship is easy. See the Battle or situation that you are in is not yours, it’s God’s, so turn it over to Him.
Allen Martin