Victory will be ours
“Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” – 2 Chronicles 20:15
Some years ago, what was considered as a “shoe-in” for the United States of America in invading Iraq, has become a constant war between neighboring countries at the expense of the death of thousands of innocent lives of all ages and stages, robbing society of the brilliance of meaningful contributions, morally and spiritually.
Many times, especially when I was young, what would begin as just an ordinary squabble, ended up as a feud that spilled over with ma, par, grandma and junior them getting involved, not just for that time alone, but for years and years.
Life in itself is a battle. Fights within and fears without confront us each and every day — not to speak of other ills going on around us. In a battle there is no such thing as a draw; it is either the victor or the victim. The victor is the one or the side that finds the solution for victory amidst chaos and disaster.
Our lesson text today coming from this 20th chapter of 2 Chronicles begins with gloomy news after a wonderful charge had been given to the people of Judah by King Jehoshaphat — deal courageously, the Lord shall be with the good. But whenever there is goodness ahead, prepare for obstacles, snares, trials and tribulations.
The story continues to tell us — it came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them others beside the Ammonites came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat saying there comes a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria, and behold they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi. And Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
From every city of Judah people hurried to Jerusalem to ask the Lord for guidance, and they, and the people of Jerusalem gathered in the new courtyard of the temple. King Jehoshaphat went and stood before them and prayed aloud, “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.”
They have lived here and have built a temple to honor you, knowing if disaster struck them to punish them — a war, an epidemic or a famine — then they could come and stand in front of this temple where you are worshiped. They could pray to you in their trouble, and you would hear them and rescue them.
The spirit of the Lord came upon a Levite who was present in the crowd. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah; he was a member of the clan of Asaph. He addressed King Jehoshaphat and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem and told them not to be discouraged or afraid because the battle was not theirs, but the Lord’s.
How many times in our lives have difficult situations came your way and victory was yours because you turned it over to the Lord and he worked it out.
Whatever negative situations confront us as a people and nation, involves the king or leader of the land also. Trying to work it out carnally would end in frustration and chaos.
It is time for us to realize that our times are in the hands of God and victory will be ours — but we must cry out to him for help and deliverance. This is no time to look in reflecting mirrors to ask who is the fairest of all, or sit in front seats at the “Oscar awards of life” waiting to be named and applauded the best performer.