April 25, 2017
God Is on Your Side
"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.'" 2 Chronicles 20:15
These words were spoken to King Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah, and their wives and children, as the nation prepared for battle. They were not to be intimidated by their opponent's massive army. Regardless of soldiers and equipment, God's people held the trump card--He was on their side. God is still on the side of His followers.
That's a truth that I need to remind myself of each day. Sometimes when I face my vast armies, I feel alone and defeated. I convince myself that the battle is lost before it even begins. I am certain that I can't deal with--much less defeat--the challenge ahead. I can never find the strength for victory when I look to myself. However, looking to myself for victory is the real problem, isn't it?
God reminds us that the battle is not ours to fight. He will be the One fighting for us. We simply need to trust Him. Regardless of today's challenges--and granted, the challenges may look like a vast army--"the battle is not yours, but God's." In addition, there is one more thing we can be sure of--God never loses!
Father, I pray that the truth in today's passage drives fear and discouragement from our hearts. Thank You for taking our battles and fighting them for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.