The Battle is not yours but God’s
2 Chronicles 20:15
King Jehoshaphat,son of King Asa became the King of Judah at the age of 35 and ruled for 25 years.(BC 914 -891). He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.(20:32).He was distinguished by his zeal for true religion and his complete trust in God. He thoroughly cleaned the land from idolatry, restored the divine ordinances and provided for the religious instruction of the people.
A vast army of Moabites, Ammonites with some Meunites were coming to attack him.(2 Chronicles.20:1,2) He got alarmed about it, proclaimed a nationwide fast for prayer.(20:3) The whole country came to seek God’s help.(20:4)
20:5-12 is the public prayer of Jehoshaphat.He acknowledge who God is and what He did for them and what He can do for them….A powerful and prayer answering GOD.
He is accepting their condition For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. (20:12). Expressing his utter helplessness and proclaiming his complete trust in God…
God answered them through Jahaziel.(20:14)
Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. (20:15) Lord asked them to face the enemy.
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverence the LORD will give you..”(20:17).
King and people together faced a vast army with worship, singing and praise. “As they began to sing and praise” the Lord fought for them.(20:22) The vast army of soldiers, killed one another “finished slaughtering…helped to destroy one another”(20:23). Jehoshaphat and his people didn’t killed a single person. They were worshiping, singing and praising God. They saw only dead bodies lying on the ground.(20:24)
A vast army was defeated with out fighting and with only singing and praising God.
What do we do when we face big problems or big enemies in our life?
In our utter helplessness, are we proclaiming our complete dependence in God?
Do we believe that battle belongs to the LORD?
Let us stand firm and see the deliverence from the LORD.