December 28, 2020 – Monday
2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV
15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Why this verse today? I was listening to and watching Ravi Zacharius on youtube on Who is God? At the 41 minute mark Zacharius quotes a prayer asking for rescue against a vast army that is against us. That vast army is today’s culture that denies Christ and His salvation for us. It was then he said the middle verse of the Old Testament is the answer to the prayer, Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Zacharius went on to say, “Imagine that promise. Whatever you are facing now, is not yours but you know Him and it is His.” I look at the verse of the day and what he had to say and look at how often we do not believe or act as if the battle is God’s. Instead, we do everything in our power as if the battle is indeed ours. We do not spend time in His word or in prayer with Him. If we were to do that, perhaps we would not be afraid or discouraged. All too often we mouth the words, “Remember, God is in charge.” But our actions or lack of actions belie those words.
Where is our confidence in God and His word? Let us approach the future with great confidence knowing God is indeed in charge and the battle is His, not ours. We are literally in a spiritual battle for the future. Do our actions reflect this? And by actions, I mean our prayer life, our time in God’s word, and our time with brothers and sisters who share our faith and belief in Jesus.
Do we remember (Ephesians 6:12), For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms? If we do remember, do we follow the instructions given (6:11) to Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes? And the why of doing so (6:13), you put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. How are we to stand? This is how (6:14-15), Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
What does it mean to stand? Guzik writes, God has given His people a call, a mission, a course to fulfill. Satan will do his best to stop it. When he attacks and intimidates, we are to stand. It is plain that this is Paul’s emphasis in Ephesians 6:11 and 6:13. We do the Lord’s work and stand against every hint of spiritual opposition. And further, It means that we are going to be attacked; It means that we must not be frightened; It means that we must not droop or slouch; nor be uncertain or half-hearted in the fight (no self-pity is allowed); It means that we are at our position and alert; It means that we do not give even a thought to retreat. I would add, it means we simply stand firm on God’s word as the filth of the world washes all around us. In doing so we let our faith, individually and together, act as a beacon for those looking for some way to escape what the world offers. We escaped and we can share our story so they might do the same.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Help us to depend upon You for whatever battles we face and to trust in You. Help us to stand by helping us to spend more time in Your word and in prayer. Thank You for reminding us the battle is Yours, not ours. – In Jesus name, amen.