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The Battle is the Lord's 10/06/10

Many of the encouragements given in the Holy Bible are timeless, meaning that the examples recorded are for people of all eras to learn from. And many of these happenings show us the blessing that comes from recognizing and acknowledging our weakness and helplessness, so that we may be made strong in the Lord through the experience of his deliverance. Let us consider the following historical account of His children who lived many years ago in the land of Judah. King Jehoshaphat, when he heard that his people were going to be attacked by enemies; he feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah and his congregation also gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. (2 Chronicles 20:3,4)

At a prayer meeting led by their leader in which he gave glory to God for his sovereign rule in the affairs of men, (i.e.for His past deliverances, His current Presence and for promise of future deliverance) they stood before the Lord in helplessness and therefore, in total dependence as Jehoshaphat continued in prayer:

O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. (2 Chronicles 20:12,13,15)



May we learn from the examples of those who have come before us noting especially of how the king, upon initially experiencing fear, set himself to seek the Lord and of how the people did likewise. They recognized and acknowledged their inability to deal with the great threat even to the point that they admitted that they did not know what to do. How good it is that we admit to the Lord that we do not know what to do, but that our eyes are upon Him who is able to work everything to the good for us who love Him and have been called according to his purpose. After all, the battle is not ours, but it is God’s battle. Therefore, we need not be afraid or dismayed by reason of the magnitude of the problem or challenge before us, for in committing all to the Lord we are casting all our cares upon Him, trusting that He will provide the comfort for today and the confidence that He will provide deliverance that is needed. This deliverance may not be a change of circumstances, but it will always bring us to a greater realization and experience of His Presence with us. This means that we are given to know and experience that He is with us and is working everything out according to His will and our spiritual benefit.



Please read and meditate over the 20th chapter of 2nd Chronicles in order to receive more encouragement from our Mighty God through the testimony of our brothers and sisters in the Lord, including the little believers who are mentioned. Make this portion a personal prayer when you are in a difficult situation: Lord, I do not know what to do, but my eyes are upon you!!

Jesus reminds us that He has overcome the world and that we are partakers in this victory through faith as we see in the verses below..

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4-5)

Let us keep our eyes on Him this day and always.

In His grace,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 06 Oct 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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