I read something that brought back a bittersweet reminder of my sister, Wanda, this morning….and because you are dear to my heart–and perhaps have a struggle or two of your own, I wanted to take just a minute and share it with you.
II Chronicles 20:12(b) …”neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.”
I have to tell you, in the instant I read that–after reading all of chapter 20, I “heard” her voice….”I don’t understand….(long pause for struggled breath)....we trusted God.....(another pause–suck in air and strength), “but I still trust Him.”
You know, there have been so many times I didn’t understand what God was doing (okay, clear confession, I RARELY understand)–but I know enough of His amazing power and love–to trust Him. That doesn’t mean that I don’t pause along the journey and ask a question or two…but I join with Ezra (as it is believed he wrote), we may not know what to do in the hardest of circumstances, “but our eyes are upon THEE.”
If the battle is hot before you–and you feel the pressure from the enemy surrounding your life…maybe you even see the dust they’ve kicked up from riding into your life–
lock your eyes on Him. Our Savior.
The Lord came in to bring deliverance–to fight the battle for them–but read back at the beginning of the chapter to see what got God’s attention. It surely wasn’t the fact that they continued doing their every day deal—“walking in oblivion to God”––
Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek the LORD–proclaiming a fast (II Chronicles 20:3).
Through the voice of Jahaziel, the LORD spoke to the people and told them “the battle is not yours, but God’s”.
I’ve heard many people quote that verse–“just stand still–the battle is not yours”….but let me remind US all…
their preparation before the battle was what got GOD’S attention.
I’m afraid too often we want to carry on just like we have done– day after day–and expect God to just come in on our grounds, on our terms, and cooperate with us. Ha!
I can just imagine the expression of incredulity that passes the angel’s faces as they look at our pitiful selves trying to “go it alone” and get it all accomplished…(oh, all for His name sake of course)…leaving out the very One who gives us the breath we breathe every.single.day. Let’s not forget that.
My heart cries out to Him today for the places in our lives where we have shut Him out…
for those of us who think–“the battle is too hot…we may as will throw in the towel”…
Friend, don’t do that.
A year or so ago, I had learned that someone I knew very well had decided to walk away from ministry…from the very voice of God. It broke my heart–I wept–not understanding how they could possibly do that.
Since that day–I’ve learned–there are battles we face as believers in Christ that can become so incredibly intense and overwhelming that the enemy of our soul– leans in and whispers—“it’s too much. Why don’t you go back to the simple way of living. Why bother with all of this–you are only wearing yourself out! Go back to just worrying about yourself–stop fretting over all these other people”….
Well, you know exactly that is what he wants you to do…”stop”. Recognize that raspy voice for who and what it is. The enemy. The pure stinkin’ devil. He is set out to destroy you and me–he wants to stop you cold in your tracks–and keep you from doing what God has CREATED YOU FOR.
Do you want to shut the enemy up? Write this down, or copy paste this and print it and STICK it to your mirror—READ IT OUT LOUD.
“I can do all things through CHRIST which stengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13) and BECAUSE HE GIVES ME STRENGTH, I forget those things which are behind me–I reach toward what is before me–and I PRESS TOWARD the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ JESUS.” (Phil. 3:13-14 paraphrased)
Don’t stop. Don’t sit down. We are getting close to the finish line. Be steadfast in your journey.
When the enemy starts his talk…YOU START YOURS.
But do it OUT LOUD. He does NOT have the ability to read your mind…all he can do is plant things there–and he knows he has succeeded when he sees your reactions…and when he hears your negativity–and when he sees you SIT DOWN.
There is no sitting down in the battle. As I would tell my girls if they stayed too long in the bed on a Saturday when there was work to be done…. “Get your butt up and get busy!”
(Wow. I cannot believe I just said that to you!…but really. Get up. We can’t win this sitting down. WE MUST FIGHT.)
© Angie Knight- The Knightly News