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When the Battle is Too Big for You

on January 12, 2016

little boy asking big man to play basketball . From my sport series.

Do you ever feel like there is a monstrous battle in front of you and there is no way you can take it head on; like there’s nothing you can do in your own power to make things better? Maybe it’s cancer, physical or emotional pain, a loved one far from Christ, a dream that seems impossible, an addiction, a strong desire tugging at your heart that is beyond your control, the list could go on and on.

Right now in my own life there are a lot of breakthroughs that I am believing God for. There are chains that need to be broken over myself and my family. There are dreams and desires on my heart that I am asking God for. But all of these battles that need to be fought and the architectures that I want to be built are too big for me to handle. So the question is, what do you do when the battle is too big for you?

2 Chronicles 20 lays out a great illustration of such a senario. In this story, King Jehoshaphat faced what seemed to be an inevitable fall for Judah after getting word that “a vast army” (v. 2)  was coming to attack his kingdom. This enemy army was made up of three different nations – the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites – and was much bigger than his own. We can look at this story and take note of the steps he took to deal with such a great opposition in a way that pleased the Lord, and apply it to our own lives.

  1. Seek

    Our first response to any situation should be to seek the Lord. Jehoshaphat did this by immediately proclaiming a fast. The entire nation then came together to pray to the Lord. They acknowledged that they were unable to face the opposition on their own strength and asked the Lord for help saying, “we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (v. 12) Here, Jehoshaphat humbled himself and admitted his fear and weakness to the Lord while looking to him for help.

    Regarding this example, we should seek the Lord in our own circumstances by declaring our dependence on him and asking for help. He will not be mad at you for asking! The Lord loves to hear the cries of his people. Psalm 51:17 says “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Here, David is crushed by the weight of sin and is crying out to God for mercy. He acknowledges that God will hear his cry and rescue him, even though he is broken. Therefore, do not ever think that you should have to take on your circumstances alone, or that your cry for help will be unnoticed; but be willing to humble yourself Lord and ask him for help.

  2. Trust 

    Once we cry out to God for help, we need to be prepared to trust the Lord for whatever happens next. After hearing the outcry of the nation of Judah, the Lord responded by saying “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” (v.17). With this being said the people had a choice to either keep living in fear or to trust that the Lord would actually fulfill the words he had spoken.

    Jehoshaphat chose to trust the Lord and told his army, “Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” (v. 20) These words have great power to them. In our own lives, we can remind ourselves to keep trusting the Lord by remembering the promises he has made to us through his word. Here are just a few verses that can be used as reminders to trust such a faithful God:

    • “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” Psalm 145:13
    • “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Joel 2:32
    • “I, the Lord, do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6
    • “And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Cor 10:13
    • “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28
    • “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15
    • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

    Through these verses and many others, we can remind ourselves of God’s promises to us. Our God is faithful; therefore we must not worry, but trust that the he will fulfill his promises.

  3. Worship

    Trusting him and reflecting on his faithfulness should naturally lead us to worship and revere such a great God, which is a powerful stance to take. Jehoshaphat demonstrated this by calling certain people to be at the head of the army to “sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness” (v. 21) What a crazy act! Here, Jehoshaphat chose to praise the Lord for what was only spoken to be accomplished, before any victory had taken place! Look how the Lord responded to their worship:

    “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.” (v. 22-24)

    What a victory! The Lord was faithful and the people of Judah did not even have to fight their enemies! In fact, we are told that “There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.” (v. 25) Only God could have orchestrated such a miraculous outcome.

    This isn’t the only account in the bible where praise and worship broke the chains of oppression. In the New Testament, Paul and Silas chose to worship the Lord while in prison. As a result, the earth shook and their chains fell off. (Acts 16:16-40) Thus, the Lord responded to their worship by giving them freedom.

    Looking at these events, it is evident that we don’t have to wait until we see the final results of a miracle to praise God. He deserves our worship twenty-four/seven because he is worthy. Our worship should never depend on our circumstances but should overflow from the gratitude of such a great salvation that we have been given.

Altogether, the story of Jehoshaphat shows that it is okay to be too weak to face opposition. We are not supposed to be strong enough; but GOD IS! That’s the whole point! He will help us fight the battles that we need to take on. Our job is to seek him, trust him, and worship him with our whole being, no matter what the circumstance. He will give us what we need to overcome in a way that only he can get the glory. We need not worry, for the battle is not ours, it is the Lord’s.

 

 

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