Tuesday: 10th December, 2019
Reference text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-22
2 Chronicles 20:17 You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.'”
I listened to a message recently, based on the reference text above, the summary of which I pray encourages you even as you read this:
In a football league, teams cannot choose their matches. They have no choice but to play against every single team in the league twice every season.
In our lives, however, we often hear the words ‘choose you battles’. That is a great piece of advice when you have the luxury to do so, but what if the reverse happen? What if the battle chooses you? What would your options be when a battle creeps up on you from behind for which you had no contingency plans or strategy to fight it? What do you do?
The normal response in this scenario kind courtesy of ‘adrenaline’ is ‘fight or flight’. So in effect, run or do battle. Interestingly, there is a third approach that is included in the normal response when a believer is involved in the battle: the option to ‘face it’. Facing it is neither to fight, nor is it a flight because all you do is show up on the battle field, not to fight but to see deliverance.
When a vast army comes at you with a battle that is too big, you give it back to God because if a battle seems too big, sweetheart; it’s not yours to fight. But sometimes, we expend all our energy fighting battles that are not meant for us so we fight God’s battles for Him and end up battered and exhausted.
Beloved, the battle is the Lord’s to fight, you are given the faith to face it. The truth is it takes more faith not to fight a battle, than it does to fight it. It even sounds silly to show up at a battlefield with no intention of fighting.
But this is the reality-
if the battle is against you, God’s treasured possession, and it is far bigger than you, give it back to Him. Face it, but let Him fight it.