Day 17: The Lord Will Fight Our Battle

By Wes Landriault (January 25, 2022)

2 Corinthians 20:15-17
15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! 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. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
We all know what it feels like to be in an overwhelming situation. Dread, fear, and anxiety can overtake us. Perhaps as you read this, you are currently going through an overwhelming situation, feeling some or all of these emotions. Jehosophat, a lesser known king in the Bible can relate.The background of this passage is that a massive army of Israel’s enemies were approaching Jerusalem ready to utterly destroy Israel as a nation. His army was too small to defend against such a force. Jehosophat was finished, and he knew it too.God tells us to “call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you” (Psalms 50:15). Jehosophat put this promise to the test by publicly crying out to the Lord to save Israel in their time of desperate need (verse 5-13). After hearing the word of the Lord above, he responded not by gathering his small army to fight, but by telling the people to “to sing to the Lord and to praise him” (verse 21). Then, as they began to sing and praise (verse 22), the Lord fought against the enemy causing them to fight one another instead – a total victory.
Lord, when I feel overwhelmed and out of options, help me to know that there is God in heaven who fights on my behalf. Help me not be afraid to ask you for help. Let me do my job to worship and give thanks in the midst of the battle, trusting you to be faithful to see me through. Amen.

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