“For the battle is not yours, but God’s” – 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)
The meaning of war cry is: “a shouted word or sound used by fighters in battle to give each other courage or to frighten their enemy”
There is a story in the Bible about a battle of the tribe Judah, it is in 2 Chronicles 20:1-3 (NIV). This is a beautiful story about letting God take care of the battles that you may come up against. We should let go and let God take care of our enemies and all may be happening in our lives.
This story is about how King Jehoshaphat defeated the tribes that were coming against (his tribe) Judah. King Jehoshaphat was alarmed when he hear about this but he went to inquire with the Lord. King Jehoshaphat proclaimed that Judah fast and seek help from God. Jehoshaphat was alarmed but he knew who to seek help from. Sometimes we can forget to seek God in times of trouble, seeking God first gives direction.
God had given them a promise, which was the land that they were living in but their enemy wanted to drive them out of the land God promised them. Now we serve a God who keeps his promises and in this story God does exactly that, God defended the blessing that he gave Judah. Having a blessing from God does not mean that challenges will not arise, the enemy wants to take away God’s blessing, and make Gd seem as though God is not faithful, which is a lie. We need to shift our eyes and look to God when we face a battle.
Jehoshaphat admitted to his weakness. The tribe of Judah was vastly out numbered, the only way that they could get through this was if there was a move of God. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you”, admit your weakness to God, like Paul said “for when I am weak I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). God will carry you through trouble, God works through our weakness. When we give God all the control, God will take control and turn things around. We cannot want God to take over but still be unwilling to let go of all control. It’s like having that backseat driver who doesn’t know where the destination is, let’s not be that backseat driver.
They had a word for their journey, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s”. We should look for a word in the Bible for our journey or the season we’re going through. God’s word is so true and so encouraging.
They followed the instructions that God had given them. Are there instructions that God has given you that you may be avoiding, it may be your next step. We can be so close to giving up but also so close to victory. God sees ahead of us and God knows what is before us. Trust the One who sees beyond what your eyes can see.
The people of Judah bowed down to worship God. Regardless of their fear they worshiped God. We need to take this position when preparing for battle and while at war. Judah praises God before going into battle because they also understood who was on their side.
“Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld”
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing praises to God, those men went ahead of the tribe praising God. Praise should go ahead of us in every situation. “As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. ” God will defeat your enemies for you! God will go before you and win the battle for you.
With praise come blessings. When Judah arrived for battle they found that their enemy was destroyed. They won a battle that they gave to God. They also took away plunder, which took them 3 days to carry away. They received more than enough, there was an overflow. God blessed them, God did immeasurably more than what they asked or even imagined (Ephesians 3:30).
After the battle had been won they went on to praise God. Don’t forget about that, it is important to praise God through it all.
Through your victories others will hear about God, “The fear of the God came on all the surrounding kingdoms when they heard how the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel”, your victories are not only to build your faith but it’s also so that others may come to know God! I think this is so beautiful, that the Lord will be known by others through your journey.
In battle God surrounds us. You need to get onto our knees and ask God for help because God will give you courage to carry on with the fight. If it’s disease you’re fighting or your finances are not looking like they will ever get right, your prayers and praise go to a God who hears. We need to stand in the presence of God because that is where we will find victory. A spirit of humility is so beautiful, God truly works through weakness and we come out stronger than when we went in.
There is nothing that we need more than God.