King Jehoshaphat of Judah was terrified by the news that the surrounding nations had united into one gigantic army to march against his kingdom. So He immediately turned to God for salvation because het knew his army could not prevail. If they were going to be victorious, it would be by God’s power. And so he prayed, “You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against You!” (2 Chronicles 20:6)
As the enemy army approached, the kingdom of Judah was helpless and afraid. This is when God spoke, “Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (v. 15)
There are times when life overwhelms us. Death, failure, attacks on our character, an argument with our best friend, betrayal, loss, loneliness, temptations, or one of a hundred other enemies march upon us like the mighty army marching against Judah. Every time we are attacked we have a choice to make: fight or stand firm. Jehoshaphat was told by God to “Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” (v. 17)
It’s hard to stand firm and let God fight. We don’t even know what that looks like most of the time. Perhaps that is why we try to fight every battle ourselves. When we are hurt by someone, our first instinct is to attack. If we are faced with a temptation, we try to resist. Whenever we fail in life, we ignore it rather than learn from it. When we disagree with a friend, we argue or disengage. The issue comes down to relying on ourselves or trusting in God. Do I really believe in God? Do I believe that He will defend my character? Do I believe that He has the answers to my failures and hurts? Do I believe that He will heal my broken heart? Will I believe His Word or the word of those around me? Jehoshaphat understood how to obtain victory in life when he said, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.” (v. 20) We live by faith. That’s the only way we can stand firm with God rather than fight with our own strength.
What does it look like for you to stand firm today? Will you have faith in God’s will for your life? Will you trust His Word to be authoritative in your life today? Stand firm today! God will fight your battles.