2 Chronicles 20:15,17,20,27 NKJV - "...Thus says the Lord, 'Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's...You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you...Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established, believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.' Then they returned...with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies."
This passage of Scripture gives the message a prophet, Jahaziel, spoke to Jehoshaphat when he had prayed to God for help (yesterday's verses). What he is telling Jehoshaphat is such a clear illustration of the victory we have in Christ in our lives today! Let's break this down:
"Do not be afraid nor dismayed" - doesn't that sound like "be anxious for nothing" in Philippians 4:6? If God says, "Don't worry," He means that! He wouldn't tell you something that wasn't possible for you to do! When the prophet told Jehoshaphat not to be afraid or dismayed, he meant that!! Of course, the question arises, "How can I not be afraid when I look at the problem I'm facing?!" This is where yesterday's verse comes in, "...our eyes are upon You." The thought here is this: STOP LOOKING AT YOUR PROBLEM AND GET YOUR EYES BACK ON JESUS!! Too many times we get so discouraged when we focus on the trouble(s) we face when we would get a much better view if we would "turn our eyes upon Jesus!"
"...the battle is not yours, but God's....You will not need to fight in this battle." - Christian, consider Hebrews 2:14, "...He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." The battle, Christian, has already been fought by God and GOD WON!! It's His battle, not yours. Sure, He might direct you to face your problem as He did with David numerous times in defeating his enemies, but the power to do so came from God and still comes from God today.
"Believe in the Lord your God...believe His prophets..." - God wants to be believed! (Read that again and again). God doesn't speak His Word leaving the option up to you or me whether we will believe Him or not! He expects you and me to believe what He says and expect Him to do exactly what He says He will do! Jehoshaphat was faced with an enemy he had no power in himself to conquer. God knew that and so God basically said, "Jehoshaphat, move over, this battle is mine! Just stand still and watch!"
"Then they returned with joy" - This is where I left off yesterday. JOY is the opposite of "fear and dismay!" Jehoshaphat came to God originally with "fear." He went home after the battle with JOY!! Now, which would you rather have?
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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