How to Let God Fight Your Battles – Part 1

I posted earlier about God’s willingness to fight our battles.

After I said “Hallelujah” and proclaimed that I serve an awesome God, I found myself asking (in a still, small voice) – Okay, how exactly do I do that?

Because obviously I have been doing this all wrong.  2017 was full of defeat and victory and defeat, defeat, defeat!

How do we step aside and let God take over?

Turns out that the process is simple but our prideful ways get in the way.  Our process involves relying on ourselves and telling God what we need for Him to do.  We think our role is to come up with a battle plan and then tell God to put all the pieces together to make it work.

We always want to help God out when He really doesn’t need our help.

Our role is not to help.  We need to get out of the way.  Stay in our lane.

Okay, so what is our role?  What does our “lane” look like?

As always, the scripture comes through with the answer in a story recorded about Jehoshaphat.

Jehoshaphat was king of Judah.  He received some troubling news.  The children of Moab, Ammon and some other folks were out to get him in battle.  (2 Chronicles 20:1-2 KJV)

What did Jehoshaphat do?

And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord; even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. (2 Chronicles 20:3-4 KJV)

Wait.

Jehoshaphat did not go to seek anyone’s counsel, he didn’t gather up an army to fight back, he did not put together a 10-point plan of attack?

No.  None of that.

He went looking for the Lord.

As the Psalmist says:

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2 KJV)

No need to waste time with anyone or anything else – turn to God.

Keep your eye on the prize – which is not a victory or battle plan but the prize of seeking God and having him in your presence, knowing that you have been obedient to His word.

So, what is our role in the battle?  What are our responsibilities? (Our lane)

  • Seek the Lord
  • Fast
  • Gather with like-minded folks who are also seeking the Lord
  • Ask the Lord for help

This is how we start the process of allowing God to fight our battles.

The battle isn’t over.  We still have more work to do.

More on that in the next blog.

Until then, be blessed in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.