So, what’s the plan?
The plan for the battle…you know, the one that we’re in. Daily. We are a planning people, aren’t we? And if we’re in a battle, we need a plan, right?
A battle for time.
A battle for sanity.
A battle for peace.
A battle with our kids.
A battle with our husbands.
A battle with terrorists.
A battle with an unseen enemy in the spiritual realm.
What are we to do with all of it?
Remember Jehoshaphat from the other day? If you didn’t read about him on Monday, you can check out the first part of his story here in 2 Chronicles 20:1-13, or you can read Monday’s blog…“In a Battle.”
He needed a battle plan…he had just gotten word that “A great multitude is coming against you…” and “Jehoshaphat was afraid.”
And instead of calling the troops together to prepare for battle, he did this…
“Jehoshaphat…turned his attention to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the LORD; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the LORD.”
He called the “troops” together to enter into the battle…the battle of prayer.
(You can read Jehoshaphat’s prayer, if you haven’t already, by clicking here…2 Chronicles 20:5-13)
- When I have something big coming my way…troubles, fears, conflicts, decisions…do I immediately form a plan of attack, or do I immediately turn my attention to seek the Lord…to seek help from Him through His Word, through prayer and fasting?
“To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.” (Proverbs 16:1)
God heard, and He answered.
“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” (Psalm 18:6)
Here’s the battle plan that he gave Jehoshaphat…ready?!
2 Chronicles 20:14-17
14Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; 15and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. 16‘Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. 17‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”
That’s right, He said ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s…’
- What is it that I am fearing? What is it that I am dismayed about? What exactly does it mean to be dismayed?
- What has broken down my courage…disheartened me…agitated my mind…perturbed me?
God tells Jehoshaphat “Do not fear or be dismayed…for the battle is not yours but God’s…”.
What losing battle have I been trying to fight on my own without seeking the Lord’s help in? What if He told me that the battle that I was fighting wasn’t mine to fight? Would I be able to surrender the battle to the Lord?
God tells Jehoshaphat to “go down against them.”
He still asks Jehoshaphat to TAKE THE ACTION OF TRUSTING HIM.
He tells him to go down against them…BUT…you need not fight in this battle…and once you go down there…here’s what I want you to do.
Station yourselves (or, present yourselves).
Stand (or, remain…endure…cease…stop moving/doing…tarry…continue…abide…persist…be steadfast).
See the salvation of the LORD on your behalf.
We live in a culture that doesn’t want to remain…endure…cease…stop moving/doing…tarry…continue…abide…persist…be steadfast, don’t we? We want to run if it looks overwhelming. We don’t want to stop “doing” or stop moving. We don’t want to persist when it looks like we’re walking into a battle. What if that’s what God is telling us to do so He can fight our battle for us? Would we trust Him?
I wonder how much time we’ve wasted fighting losing battles that God wanted to win for us, if only we’d have started the battle on our knees and surrendered it all to Him.
God tells Jehoshaphat to go down and watch Him defeat their enemies. But they must move forward in trust.
‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”
- What would be my response? If God answered my prayer this way? If I prayed and instead of God just fixing my situation, He told me to face the thing I feared the most and trust Him to defeat it? To trust Him for victory? For deliverance?
I’ll tell you Jehoshaphat’s response on Friday…(of course, you can always go look for yourself 🙂 ). But today, let’s think about this…
- Do I go to battle on my knees? Or do I just jump into my battles in my own strength and wisdom?
- Do I wait for God’s response when I go to Him in prayer? Am I taking time to listen??
- If God’s response is to face my trouble and trust Him with whatever He tells me to do, DO I TRUST HIM FOR VICTORY?
Today, let’s meditate on these things and on this attribute of God…
God is omnipotent.
This means God is all-powerful. He spoke all things into being, and all things—every cell, every breath, every thought—are sustained by Him. There is nothing too difficult for Him to do.—Jeremiah 32:17,18, 26,27