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Not My Battle

“…the battle is not yours, but God's.” 2 Chronicles 20:15b

             As I was looking around my office today, I noticed a sign that was given to me a couple months ago by someone in our church family. It simply says “The battle is not yours, but God’s.” It was the exact reminder that I needed for today.—so simple, yet so profound in light of my current circumstances. Whenever you try to do great things for God and live in obedience to Him, the naysayers pop up and try to discourage you. If you haven’t experienced this yet, hang in there, because unfortunately, your day is coming. It’s par for the course for the child of God who desires to please Him in everything. If no one is opposing you in your walk with the Lord, then it could be that you need to be bolder in your witness and unashamed of Jesus Christ.

           This particular verse, from which I took a small portion, was when the Lord was speaking not only to King Jehoshaphat, but to all the people of Judah (the southern kingdom), as He reassured them that whenever the Ammonites and Moabites came upon them to attempt to overthrow them, they did not need to be afraid nor dismayed because the battle was not theirs to fight, but it belonged to the Lord. The secret to their success is no different than ours as we see in verses 3 and 4: “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.”

         As the people congregated, the king stood in front of all the people in the court of the temple and pleaded with the Lord in the presence of the subjects over whom he reigned (under the auspices of heaven). It was Jahaziel who was empowered by the Holy Spirit that declared what the Lord had said, and which is the same truth even to this day: “the battle is not yours, but God’s.” So, I am going to continue to gather with God’s people and lead them in prayer, trusting the Lord to rebuke those who are in opposition to His plan and to strengthen those who desire to see His glory throughout all the earth. I have to keep remembering when the naysayers rise up against me: “the battle is not mine, but God’s!”

*Pastor John's weekly devotionals can be heard on WFBM 90.1 and 90.5 Saturdays at 5:30 AM and 4:30 PM.