And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chron. 20:15
What do you do when the odds are against you? Do you run and hide to bury your head in the sand or do you stand to face the challenge? In life, the odds are often against us. Finances, for example, are a continual struggle for many. Work always seems to exact much too high a price for the little reward it returns, but in the midst of all this, we must stand.
In today’s Bible reading of the Old Testament, the odds are against Jehoshaphat and his army. They are no match for the combined forces that are moving against them. However, in all this, Jehoshaphat loves God and follows him. Although Jehoshaphat does not have military might, he is on God’s side. Jehoshaphat keeps his trust in God throughout his military exploits, despite his allies’ lack of faith. As you read this passage, look for the secret of Jehoshaphat’s success.
When the enemy bore down on the army of Judah, God spoke through prophet Jahaziel as noted in the opening scripture: “Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15). We may not physically fight an enemy army, but every day we battle temptations, pressures, and “those powers of darkness who rule this world” (Ephesians 6:12), who want us to fail or to stop doing good.
Nevertheless, do not fret when the odds are against you. Remember that we who are believers have God’s Spirit in us. If we ask for God’s help when we face struggles, God will fight for us and God always wins.
In considering Jehoshaphat’s victory, how can you let God fight for you? Firstly, you must invite God by asking Him in prayer for help in your daily battles. God has promised to answer those who call on Him with a sincere heart, (Is. 58:9).
Secondly, when you call on Him you must realize the battle is no longer yours anymore, but it is the Lord’s. The battle being the Lord’s means it will be fought on God’s terms. God specifically told them when to go against the enemy, and where to find the enemy. Don’t lean on your own understand, just follow God’s leading.
Thirdly, you must recognize your human limitations and allow God’s strength to work through your fears and weaknesses. Overcome your fears by obeying God’s instruction. Submit under His leading and you will not need to raise a finger in the fight.
Fourthly, make sure you are pursuing God’s interests and not just your own selfish desires. God’s interests are always righteous and set to glorify Christ.
Lastly, in all you do, trust God and do not force your ideas. Many Christians have learnt the hard way when they invited God into their problem and then tried to force their ideas. Some have lost everything even when God was with them. Nevertheless, God has always rebuilt whatever they lost. Do not wait to learn the hard way, abide in the Lord and receive victory in your due time. The odds against you cannot match God’s ability to make you succeed.
Dear heavenly Father, I invite You to help me in my daily battles. Guide in the way of victory. The battle belongs to You. And I receive the victory in Jesus name. Amen