How to Let God Fight Your Battles – Part 2

Let’s continue with Part 2 of the discussion about how to let God fight your battles (Part 1 can be found here).

The scripture reading is from 2 Chronicles 20 (KJV).  In this chapter, Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, has been told some troubling news about people that want to come against them.  The scripture provides powerful lessons about how God will fight your battles.

A quick review of what has been gleaned from the scripture so far.

When faced with a battle (problem, issue, etc.), we should:

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

We pick up today in verse 5 with Jehoshaphat standing in the house of God among the people of Judah and Jerusalem.

He says:

…O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?  Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend forever? (2 Chronicles 20: 6-7 KJV)

Acknowledge who God is, His power and what He has done.

This is important.

In so doing, we not only glorify God with our acknowledgement of who He is, but we remind OURSELVES of who He is, what He is capable of doing and what He has done.

This is easy to forget when we are caught up in pride.  Thinking that we do everything ourselves through our great intellect and self-reliance.  Patting ourselves on the back about all of our wonderful accomplishments garnered through our unparalleled attributes (that we developed all by ourselves).

No.  No.  No.

We need to stand down.

God deserves all the glory.

 

We must constantly remind ourselves that our blessings come from above!  If we’re not careful, God will remove His hand from us, in essence saying, “Go on and do you since you’ve got this and don’t need my help.  I’m done.”

That never turns out well.

Jehoshaphat continues talking to God.

And now behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. (2 Chronicles 20:10-11 KJV)

Outline the problem.

Jehoshaphat tells God that some folks want to take away the land that God has given them.  Judah had the opportunity to destroy them earlier but they turned away and left them in peace.  Now, these same people that were spared by the grace of God, have gotten too big for their britches and want to take what God has given to Judah.

Jehoshaphat is not finished talking.  He continues.

O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. (2 Chronicles 20:12 KJV)

Ask God to handle the problem. 

Acknowledge that you have no power.

Acknowledge that you don’t know what to do. 

Keep your eyes on God!

What strikes me here is that Jehoshaphat does not present solutions to God.  He just presents the problem and asks God to handle it.

This has always been a problem for me.  I spend too much time fixated on trying to come up with solutions to my problems instead of just praising God for who He is, presenting the problem to Him and allowing Him to resolve it according to His will.

God will determine what should be done and how (as we will see later in the text).  We are to be obedient as He guides us through the situation.

Whew.

A lot to unpack in those verses!

So, the following steps have been added to the “battle plan”:

  • Acknowledge who God is, His power and what He has done
  • Outline the problem
  • Ask God to handle the situation
  • Acknowledge that you have no power
  • Acknowledge that you don’t know what to do
  • Keep your eyes on God