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The Battle is God’s

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 17:1-20:30

My selection: II Chronicles 20:15

And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.

My reflections: King Jehoshaphat was overwhelmed by the opposition forces drawn up against the Kingdom of Judah. But he did the right thing and turned to the Lord in prayer confessing his weakness and lack of wisdom (v. 12). Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel who commanded the king and the people not to fear “for the battle is not yours but God’s.” Jahaziel went on to prophesy as to what would occur as the Lord would give the victory. They would go out to battle but they would not need to fight because the Lord would be with them.

The next day the king preached to the army and called them to beleive. The enemy was routed and the allied armies self-destructed.

God doesn’t always give us insurmountable trials and easy victories but He does call us to trust Him no matter what the battle we face. He does promise to be with His people to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

What army is amassed against you today? Have you called on the Lord for wisdom and strength? (James 1:5; Ephesians 6:10)

My prayer: Lord, thank you that the battle is not ours but yours. Thank you for your presence. Be glorified today in the battle we fight against the world, the flesh and the devil.

Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Chronicles 20:31-24:27

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