I love the story in 2 Chronicles 20 about Jehoshaphat! It is one of my favorites!
Last night I read that story again. It was the first time in a long time. Before I get into this blog, let me set the stage. If you have read any of my blogs over the last few months, you have read of some of my struggles. Well, for the past couple of days God has really been dealing with me about my attitude and lack of effort during the valley. You see, I have gotten so busy doing everything BUT deal with my relationship with God. The Devil in all his craftiness has not helped with the problem either. When I do attempt to deal and pray, I come before God completely defeated and still hanging to my problems not willing to let go...Leaving God with little to do. Most times I would rather push my problems out of my mind and have a pity party rather than deal with them.
BUT GOD in his love is steadfast and patient.
I feel like I go around the same moutian over and over....Because I DO!!
One day I will learn! Until that day (when I reach the pearly gates) I will lean on Him to keep molding me.
Jehoshaphat finds himself up against a huge Army and they're out to get him (and I thought I had problems). So what does he do? He begins to seek God. In verse 12b he says, "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you". (There's that positive attitude God has been telling me about) Then God's spirit came upon a man named Jahaziel and he chimes in, "This is what the Lord says, 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD'S."(v. 15).
Now, by this point I'm getting pretty excited!! But it just keeps getting better!
Verse 17..."You will not have to fight this battle (WHAT?). Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you." The best teaching I ever heard on this came from Joyce Meyer. Her application of this verse is: when we find ourselves up against our enemies, we too should not fear, but take our positons. These positions being our positions of prayer. All we can do is come humbly before God and commit the battle to Him. "The Battle is not ours"(v.15).
Now to the Ending!!.....They head out to win the battle worshiping the whole way...Well when they get there. THEIR ENEMIES HAVE ALREADY DEFEATED EACH OTHER! THEY WERE ALL LAYING THERE DEAD!! So tell me How big is our God???
He can and will do the same things in our lives. We just need to take our stance and know that "the battle is not ours"! The End!
So let's take our stance and seek God trusting that He will take care of us! He will!
In His Love