"But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!" (2 Chronicles 20:17 NLT)
What God tells Jehoshaphat in this passage and what he would remind us of today is this: "The battle is not yours; it's mine. You don’t have to fight in it."
In other words, it's God's problem. Let him solve it.
The fact is, if you are God's child, then your problems are his problems. And he's much better at fighting your battles and solving your problems than you will ever be. Your job is to trust him to work it all out. Perhaps the reason we have so many tired, fatigued, and discouraged Christians is because we think, "It all depends on me."
The day you resign as General Manager of the Universe, you're going to find that it doesn't fall apart. You can relax in faith, trusting that God is able to run things without your help.
Twice in this passage it says, "Don’t be afraid," and "Don’t be discouraged." When you face a seemingly impossible situation, don't be afraid, and don't be discouraged. Has God ever lost a battle? No. He doesn't lose battles.
God tells Jehoshaphat, "Take your positions and stand firm." What does it mean to stand firm? It means to have a mental attitude of quiet confidence.
You stand firm on two things:
- The character of God. He's faithful. He does not bring us this far just to let us down. He won't bring you out on a limb and then cut off the limb. Have faith in the nature and character of God.
- The truth of his Word. God's Word is faithful. You can count on the promises found in the Bible.
Talk About It
How might your pride keep you from letting God fight your battles for you?
Make a list of the things you know to be true of the character of God. How will those truths change you today?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved.