Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's Not My Battle



Do you ever feel like that's you?

Arms outstretched above your head, holding up a bridge you were never meant to carry?

On any given day I think you could find me there underneath various bridges, exhausted at the effort of it.

The bridges I'm attempting to hold up change as life changes.

Hopefully, finally I'll realize I can't do it and cry out to God, and He will say, "You don't need to be holding up that load, I've got it.  It's my battle, not yours."

Jehoshaphat was really smart in 2 Chronicles 20:12 and said, "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."

To which God replied at the very end of 2 Chronicles 20:15, "the battle is not yours but God's." and 2 Chronicles 20:17, "You will not need to fight in this battle.  Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed.  Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you."

I love the comfort of that last part, "the Lord will be with you."

And I really like how the story ends, 2 Chronicles 20:12, "And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moabl and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed."

God didn't want them to fight that battle.  He already had that problem all taken care of.  By Himself!  All God wanted from them was to sing and praise!

Oh, at the bridges and battles I need to let go of and just praise Him!


5 comments:

  1. That was very encouraging. It is so true, all we need to do is sing and praise the Lord because He is in control of everything :)

    Blessings!

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  2. very powerful post, thank you. Indeed, we know how the story ends!

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  3. Thank you for this great reminder!!!! Sometimes I feel like I have to "fix" everything for everyone and I need to stop and remember that there is One who can handle all that without me! :)

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  4. Love your blog! And you have no idea how much i needed to hear that today! Thank you!

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