Who is Fighting Your Battle?
…the battle is not yours but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15
I have shared many times about how God uses the stories in the Bible that I teach the little children to speak to my heart. Today is no exception. Our lesson is on Jehoshaphat’s victory over 3 armies at once. We all have fears. I am afraid of snakes. I look carefully under things when I am outside to make sure I don’t get bit. We all take precautions about certain dangers. We use oven mitts when cooking, wear bike helmets for safety and daily put on our seat belts when riding in a car. But what about the big fears? The big things that are emotionally driven and not easily prevented by a helmet or seat belt.??
Jehoshaphat was King of Judah and he had just received word that a huge army was headed his way. The Bible says he was afraid. We can learn from his example: Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (2 Chronicles 20:3)
Jehoshaphat not only sought God first but called a fast. The King of Judah did not spend time worrying and stressing over the unknown but instead trusted his biggest fear to God.
Chapter 20 of 2 Chronicles tells us that Jehoshaphat called all of the people together. They sought the Lord together. They fasted together and when the Holy Spirit moved on Jahaziel they listened.
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.” 2 Chronicles 20:15
What battle are you facing today? Financial? Emotional? Work? Relationships? As my mother-in-law said as they were wheeling her away for a several hour surgery to remove a brain tumor, “God’s got this!” Trust Him with your needs today.
Pastor Julia Scott