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The Battle Belongs to The Lord
The Battle Belongs to the Lord

 

The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said:
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you
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2 Chronicles 20:4-6
 
In part one we discovered that Jehoshaphat, after hearing that a huge army was amassing to attack Judah, made the decision to set himself to seek not the advice of people, friends or family - but of God. Jehoshaphat purposefully set himself to seek God, wholeheartedly and with complete dependence. He knew that unless he heard from God, he was not going to make it.
 
I love what Jehoshaphat did next. Instead of immediately presenting the problem to God, he began to talk to God about how mighty The Lord is - “are you not the God who is in heaven?”...”Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you”. He turned all his focus back onto God and His might and power instead of on his fear of the problem. He spoke to God about Who He is. Why? Did God need reminding of His own strength? Did He need to be reassured or persuaded into intervening in the situation? Of course not! But often we do.
 
We need to cry out to God in praise and worship of all the wondrous things He has done in our lives and will continue to do. About the power of His name, and the power of the blood of his son Jesus.
 
After we have praised and worshipped him in this way, then we can begin to talk to him about our problem. By this point I often find that the problem itself seems so small in comparison to God’s majesty I’m halfway to being on the other side of it. Of course my God will win - indeed he already has!
 
I don’t mean to belittle our battles. Life is hard and we have many challenges, griefs and trials. But this is how we can fight those battles. Through praise and worship to a God who is never changing, who never slumbers or sleeps, whose watchful eye is ever upon us. Whatever battle you are facing today may you know that it belongs to The Lord! He has your health, your family, your children, your finances, your entire future in His hands. What can we do but praise?
 
In His word God says he surrounds us “with songs and shouts of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7). I pray that you will find your song of deliverance today, and the courage to sing it out. And may you know that no work is too hard for Him - He is moving and your battles belong to The Lord!
 
Be still for the presence of the Lord, is moving in this place
He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him, In faith receive from Him
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place
 
 

 

Kate Thornton, 09/06/2021