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The battle is not yours

'..the battle is not yours, but Godís.'

2 Chronicles 20:15

Troubled on all sides and with the enemies closing in for the kill Jehoshaphat comes to that point that many of us seem so easily to reach. It's the point of desperation and utter helplessness. He cannot even think of a plan of action.

His position and that of his people is beyond anything that he can cope with. His confession is stark yet one that many of us have learned - Ď..neither know we what to do; but our eyes are upon thee.'

Is this our position today? Is our soul crying out, 'I just do not know what to do!'

'This part of my life is beyond me, it's unbearable. I just cannot go on like this. I do not know what to pray for, what to ask and I don't really know what I really want. All I can do Lord is look to Thee!' ĎPlease help me Lord.í

I am reminded of my children when they were babies. Often they would be lying in their cots crying for attention with both hands stretched out in hope of being picked up and cuddled. The safety of Dad's embrace soon brought peace!

There are times when things are just beyond us. My son or my daughter could not possibly have managed to lift themselves out of their cots. They needed to be lifted from the confines of their cots by loving and caring hands.

Are you hurting today? Are you surrounded by enemies? Are you hemmed in by doubts and fears?

Jehoshaphat was!

The Christian will always have enemies in this life. This is not our home. We are encamped within enemy territory and each day a battle is fought. In fact, the warfare is constant but remember my friend, that the victory is secured.

The battle can often leave us drained of all energy, hope, zeal and vision. We become so exhausted by our own efforts at keeping our heads above the water line that we find it stressful just opening our eyes in the morning.

The thought of facing yet another day of this barrage makes us cringe. It seems like our souls are in a permanent state of weeping. We long for better days but we just cannot bring ourselves to believe that they will ever come our way.

Seemingly, the worst is infighting among the brethren. It hurts like no other weapon can. I often wonder if some think that the Christian life is some sort of competition where there is a race to the top and it does not really matter who or what gets trampled on in the chaos. Sharp words spoken with venom that pythons would be proud of. Can this truly occur within the one body?

But yet let brothers and sisters say what they will, we know that the greatest foe we have to face is within. The constant struggle between good and evil is never ending and it can often leave us totally depressed. All too often evil seems to get the upper hand and we just cannot seem to find the proper weapons to gain the victory.

When we would do good, evil is present with us. In my own case, I want to be good, I want to be holy, I want to serve my King, I want to be a bright shining Christian, I want to witness to all who cross my path, I want to be strong in the faith, I want to honour my God with each breath that I take, but today as always it seems, I fail miserably!

What then? Do we just give up all hope?

No my friend this passage of Godís word was written just for you and for me today. We may not be able to do anything at all but let ours eyes be upon the Lord, for the battle is not ours, but Godís. Our enemies will be defeated and we will know victory!

It is time my friend for our great God to work!

Listen to His words. ĎYou shall not need to fight in this battle.í

Why?

The battle is not yours, but Godís.

Standing still is never easy, especially for a racing mind! Today however that is what we are commanded to do. So letís do it! Let us lean heavily upon our God, let us stand still and watch Him work as He has promised. Let us just for today, try not to get in His way!!

Let us take God at His word.

Jehoshaphat was so encouraged by Godís word that he says,í believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.í Not only did the army go forth, they went forward with the triumphant melody of praise ringing in their ears.

God worked according to His promise.

The enemy was defeated. Not only that, but it took them three days to gather the riches gleaned from their enemies. What had started as a nightmare finished with rejoicing. God had fought on their behalf and won the battle. Standing still had proved to be the correct posture.

Often we yearn for the mountain top but the children of Israel were found rejoicing in the valley! The name of that valley was Berachah (blessing). May these few words be Berachah to your soul today.

Amen. Arise let us go hence.

Author: Iain Mackenzie  Edited by: Pastor Al Moak