“This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15
God has placed a dream in your heart, in your very soul, BUT you keep hitting a wall, encountering obstacles that seem insurmountable, and keep you from moving forward. I feel you! It happens to me too! Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth the fight! Just when I feel motivated and inspired, something comes up to take my attention away from the task at hand, punches me in the gut, and compels me to move my focus elsewhere. And seriously, those things that distract me are important things. There are needs that people have. Problems to ponder and solve. Emergencies arise. Sickness comes. Schedules change. Meetings are set and appointments made. And then I realize I haven’t completed anything on my original list.
As a wife, mother, volunteer, and professional, there are a lot of people counting on me. With my personality, I too often try to be all things to all people and fail. I try to fight too many battles. Truth is though, I don’t want to fight. I don’t have to fight!!!!
In 2 Chronicles, chapter 20, Jehoshaphat was worried and getting ready to go into battle against overwhelming odds, so he prayed, “We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” God spoke through Jahaziel, and in verse 15, he said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” The next day, they headed out and King Jehoshaphat stopped them and told them, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm.” They moved forward, believing and praising the Lord, singing praises to God, “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever.” And the rest of the story is pretty amazing! The armies turned on one another and had killed each other by the time King Jehoshaphat and his army got there! Truly they had nothing to be afraid of! The battle was not theirs, but was God’s!
When we don’t know what to do….. Keep our eyes on God. Hebrews 11 is filled with the names of those who put their faith in God and kept their eyes on Him. Hebrews 12 reminds us to keep running the race that God has set before us, the calling He has for our lives. Verse 2 gives us the how-to! “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
Three things to keep in mind when we feel that we are facing a battle:
- Turn to God first and seek His guidance
- Believe the battle is not ours, it is God’s
- Keep our eyes on God and praise Him through our circumstances
Don’t forget that dream God placed in your heart. He has called you. Keep your eyes focused on Him. Yes, there will always be distractions and obstacles to face, but remember, “The Battle is Not Yours, It Is The Lord’s!” So press on in faith!