Written by Michelle West (October 2014 edition of the Heart to Heart Newsletter)
II Chronicles 20:17 – You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.
In things small and great, II Chronicles 20 is rich with practical instructions. I have used these lessons many times in my life, especially during spiritual warfare. In my most traumatic events and even in day to day living, I have found I can try to control the situation in whatever way I come up with but the circumstances don't budge. When I give up and plant myself in Him, I get the most fun opportunity of watching Him do His mighty thing. Isn't it truly exciting in the end to watch Him pull out victory in a hopeless or frustrating situation?
In verse 3, after Jehosophat received the news of many coming against him, his immediate response was to be afraid. Emotions are natural signals for us to choose our actions, not a dictator of what will be. Then, he chooses to turn to the Lord and tell others to do the same.
The Lord's response is, "Do not fear or be dismayed. This is not your battle, but Mine. You won't need to fight. Station yourself. Dig deep in Me. Stand. See the salvation of the Lord on your behalf." Jehosophat responded by bowing down and worshipping. He chose his perspective.
Before the battle, Jehosophat appointed some to walk before the army singing and praising. Do you get that? The soldiers, skilled in combat, walking into battle, are following those who are praising, not leading them. Praise enters the fire first. Things happen beyond our understanding when we choose praise (Phil. 4:6-8).
Verse 22 says that, when they began singing and praising, God set ambushes for their enemies. They moved first in their faith in Him. As a result, when they walked into battle, all they saw were corpses. The Lord had indeed fought the battle for them. They blessed the Lord and all around them, and people saw and feared God (Rev. 12:11). Then God gave them rest (verse 30).
Our response is so important, isn't it? I have to choose my thoughts constantly in every situation. Our main responsibility is to truly believe Him. Focus, praise, believe Who He is, dig into Him, do what He tells you, and then stand and see Him do His thing!
Michelle Gill is a writer, barista, trail walker sometimes runner, disc golfer's wife, Jesus lover, book collector, mama, and old house explorer. Learn more about her story on her website www.maceyhollow.com.
Heart to Heart
These are articles that I wrote for the Heart to Heart Newsletter which was an international ministry, created by Lois Breneman in 1999. The purpose at Heart to Heart was to encourage women and create biblical values in their day to day living.