Tuesday July 10 2018

God Will Fight Your Battles for You

“You will not need to fight in this battle; take your position stand still and see the victory of the Lord on your behalf…Fear not, and be not dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.” 

2 Chronicles 20:17

We spend most of our time worrying and troubling ourselves about trivialities which we blow out of proportion. What we forget is that incessant worry breeds hyper-tension, headaches, stress, depression, suicidal tendencies, among other things. By worrying, we are not contributing towards solving the problem. All that we successfully do is to reduce our life expectancy and affect our ability to work on those aspects that are within our ambits. 

Life is fraught with challenging situations that include, inter alia, uncertainties, insecurity, and not knowing what the future holds for us. At times, we let these challenges in life dwarf us and we relegate our fate to the ephemerals of practicality. We usually throw in the towel when it is too early instead of calling on the Lord on the day of trouble; to honour Him and to let Him fight your battles. Our comfort should be in the fact that God says, “…. I know the plans I have for you,” …. “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11.

In Psalm 50:15, we are implored to “call upon me in the day of trouble” and to let God fight all our battles. There is no situation or circumstance that is too hard for Him. The problems that we think are insurmountable are nothing to the Lord Almighty. Like Paul in Romans 8:31, we can boldly say, “If God is for us, who can stand against us?” Indeed we become “more than conquerors.” Romans 8:37

In Joshua 10:11, we find God himself fighting for the Israelites against their enemies. More enemies were killed by the great hailstones which God threw from heaven than from the Israelites themselves. On another occasion, the Israelites were trapped between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea, but God fought their battle and drove them even though they were on the verge of losing all hope. 

This gives a picture of God who is able to fight all His battles without any assistance from us. Our sole duty is to trust in Him and give Him His place and victory will be ours. The prophet Isaiah in Chapter 6:1 sees the vision of the Lord seated on the throne, high and lifted up and His train filled the temple. This depicts a God who is in total control of the entire heaven and earth. 

Worrying removes us from our correct position with God and we then fail to communicate with our Creator. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all our cares and burdens to Him because He cares for us. 

As Moses said to the Israelites when they thought that their troubles were insurmountable, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” Exodus 14:13.

From the Commissioner General’s Desk