And he (Jahaziel) said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’” (2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV)
Yesterday we looked at how we can become victorious in the Lord when we put our complete trust in Him during times of trials and battles. The key verses we are studying are 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. In these verses, we will look at how God instructed Jehoshaphat to respond to trials and battles. The key to God’s instructions is knowing how to be victorious in the LORD.
Knowing that we are weak, but God is strong gives us the ability to realize that the battle belongs to the LORD. When you turn it over to Him, and trust Him and fight it His way, it's no longer your battle but His battle! It is His battle and His Victory.
David used the same phrase for his fight with Goliath: “For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand” (1 Samuel 17:47 ESV). Goliath was much bigger than David, but David's faith was in the God who is greater than all. David showed his faith by declaring the victory in advance and giving God the praise for it. He then attacked the problem, rather than waiting for it in fear. As we go against our Goliaths, we must declare that our faith is in God and not ourselves.
When we praise and magnify the name of the LORD, lifting up His authority over the battle, we declare that 'the battle belongs to the LORD.’ When Jehoshaphat did this, God gave him His instruction and strategy to defeat the enemy. God will do the same for us.
The LORD is the mighty warrior in battle and He is with you (Psalm 24:8).
To me, it has been a source of great comfort and strength in the day of battle, just to remember that the secret of steadfastness, and indeed, of victory, is the recognition that "the Lord is at hand."
- Duncan Campbell