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The battle is the Lord's
January 3, 2011
by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston

Many of the encouragements given in the Holy Bible are timeless, meaning that the examples recorded are for people of all eras to learn from.

And many of these happenings show us the blessing that comes from recognizing and acknowledging our weakness and helplessness, so that we may be made strong in the Lord through the experience of his deliverance.

Let us consider the following historical account of His children who lived many years ago in the land of Judah. “King Jehoshaphat, when he heard that his people were going to be attacked by enemies; he feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, proclaiming a fast throughout all Judah and his congregation also gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 20:3,4)

May we learn from the examples of those who have come before us noting especially how the king, upon initially experiencing fear, set himself to seek the Lord and of how the people did likewise. They recognized and acknowledged their inability to deal with the great threat, even to the point that they admitted that they did not know what to do.

How good it is that we admit to the Lord that we do not know what to do, but that our eyes are upon Him who is able to work everything to the good for us who love Him and have been called according to his purpose. After all, the battle is not ours, but it is the Lord’s.

Therefore, we need not be afraid or dismayed by reason of the magnitude of the problem or challenge before us, for in committing all to the Lord we are casting all our cares upon Him, trusting that He will provide the comfort for today, as well as the deliverance that is needed. This deliverance may not necessarily be through a change of circumstances, but by the means of a greater realization and experience of His Presence with us. This means that we are given to know and experience that He is with us and is working everything out according to His will and for our spiritual benefit and growth.

Please read and meditate over the 20th chapter of 2nd Chronicles in order to receive more encouragement from our Mighty God through the testimony of our brothers and sisters in the Lord, including the little believers who are mentioned. Make this portion a personal prayer when you are in a difficult situation: Lord, I do not know what to do, but my eyes are upon you!!

Jesus reminds us that He has overcome the world and that we are partakers in this victory through faith as we see in the following verse.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Let us keep our eyes on Him this day and always.