By: Lisa Wilmore
To the saints of God,
How often do we attempt to fight battles that are beyond our abilities to handle? What happens when we are approached by the evils of this world and we forfeit peace and victory because we do not seek God for help? Just a reminder, “For the battle is not yours, but God’s (2 Chronicles 20:15c).
As the enemy advances our way and pressures us to fight, first and foremost, we must seek God for help through fasting and praying. Furthermore, when fear is present, we may find ourselves looking to our strength rather than God’s strength. Are you guilty of attempting to fight battles that God is willing and able to combat on your behalf?
In the book of 2 Chronicles, Jehoshaphat was faced with a multitude of enemies and became afraid. “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord , and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him” (2 Chronicles 20:3?-?4 NIV). Significantly, they did not take matters into their own hands; however, they sought God’s help.
As believers in Christ, we must pray and seek God for answers in dealing with our enemies. In fact, as recorded in Psalm 34:15, “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.” God hears and answers our prayers. He tells Jehoshaphat, “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you…” (2 Chronicles 20:17a). My friends, God will answer your prayers.
Interestingly, I was extremely bothered by my sister’s distress during a constant attack by her enemies. People were cruel to her for no reason. They blatantly attacked her character with verbal abuse, among other unkind behaviors during and after church services. Of course, she felt the desire to fight this battle and personally defend herself. However, I shared with her the story of Jehoshaphat and his willingness to seek God for help. She listened intently and realized that she needed to go to God in prayer.
It is important for us to understand that “God will fight for us and triumph over our enemies”. When we ask him to help us, he will go to battle, defend us, and he will win. We should never focus on our strength or might because it is not our battle, but God’s.