Thursday, June 4, 2009

You Against the World

Have you ever felt you were up against the world, I mean like you were facing things so difficult that you just felt there was no one but you and the whole world was just coming down on you? That is seems like no one cares, or if they did care, they really could not help? You are not alone in this, and life takes us all there, eventually, more times for some than others, so it seems.

I am reminded of King Jehoshaphat as he faced the decision to take a small group of men into war against what seemed to be a vast army. The task seemed impossible, suicidal if you please. But, he prayed to God in 2 Chronicles 20:12,"We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us, We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." 

God answered Jehoshaphat and said, "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow march down against them...You will not have to fight this battle. Take your possessions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you...Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you." (2 Chronicle 20:15-17)

However, there are some prerequisites to standing so boldly, we find them in 2 Chronicles 19:9. "You must serve God faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord...In every case you must warn them not to sin against the Lord; otherwise his wrath will come on you and your brothers."  God is basically telling Jehoshaphat that he must always speak His truth and act in truth. We know that Jehoshaphat obeyed and God won the victory for him. Not only did he win the battle, we see further implications of his obedience.  "The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel." (2 Chron. 20:29) Wow! Have you so acted in such obedience that someone came to you and said, God was sure looking out for you?

I realize that every situation in life does not constitute going to war. However, there are times that we all face things that cause us to seem as though we are facing a vast army. You know I often wrestle with what to do about certain situations; talk or remain silent, take the low road vs high road, right vs. wrong, peace vs. war, and on and on I could go. Many times we would say...I do not know what to do, for this thing is bigger than I.  The consequences or risks are too great.  I mean, what if I fail? What if I cannot follow through? What if...........You finish the sentence, for our different circumstances, are followed by various "what ifs".

So do you just go on walking in fear of the "vast army," or will you go to the one who can bring victory in your life?  God does not take away the consequences of our sins, there are some casualties in battle, but he can bring us war victory.

What kind of vast army are you up against? Do you know in your heart that you are facing a battle that God alone can win? Name it.....Then today serve God, seek His face, give it to Him, stand firm on His truths, face tomorrow, allow Him to deliver you. Then tell the world, He has given you victory. Has God brought you a victory?Please respond to this blog by just saying, "God gave me a Victory, Praise His name."