See The Salvation Of The Lord

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
— 2 Chronicles 20:17

The Ammonites were coming against King Jehoshaphat in battle. Witnesses came to tell him that a great multitude was coming against him from many areas. Verse 3 of chapter 20 tells us that Jehoshaphat was afraid, but he did something smart,

"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah."

He sought the Lord and instructed a time of fasting and prayer. Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation and prayed to the Lord reminding God of all the great things He had done. As he prayed, verse 14 tells us, the Spirit of Lord came over a man named Jahaziel in the congregation and he spoke up to the king saying, 

"Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's." verse 15

Verse 17 is power packed. First, we see that the king and people are told they do not need to fight this battle. How often are we trying to fight battles that are not ours to fight? 

But, when we are instructed that the battle is not ours, but the Lord's, are we to sit back and do nothing? Notice the next part...Set yourself. Stand still. And See. 

Our battle is not to try to do the things that only God can do. No, our battle is to plant our feet. We have to plant our feet on The Rock. Standing still, but firm. When we get knocked down, we must get up and plant our feet again by faith in God's Word and what He can do. Not in our own ability for we will fail every single time. 

Want to know the rest of the story there in 2 Chronicles 20? 

The multitude came to slay and destroy. It appeared that God had not heard and answered His people. But in amazing God only fashion, the enemy, in fact, was destroyed. They turned on themselves. Not one escaped. And when King Jehoshaphat and his people came, there was nothing left to do but claim the riches that were left. Then they praised the Lord.

How's that for an ending?

Set your feet firm on God and His Word. He says I will fight for you. Stand still and see what He will do and then praise Him all the day long.  

To Ponder:

Am I trying to fight battles that are not mine to fight only to fall time and time again? Where are my feet? Are they firmly planted?


Father God, 

Far too often I'm moving around fighting battles that are not mine. Help me to remember to plant my feet on Your Word and stand still. The battle is Yours. My job is to plant my feet. Thank You for going before and for knowing the outcome. For being my Warrior and Savior. 

In Jesus' name amen. 

Lori HilComment