“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. The battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15)
One day King Jehoshaphat found himself and his people being attacked by an overwhelming enemy. In response to the king’s prayer for help, God answered with the verse quoted above. And God did indeed fight this battle, and destroyed the enemy army without Israel having to fight at all.
There are several lessons here. First, when a difficult challenge confronts us in our life, we need not assume that we are being punished for doing something wrong. Jehoshaphat was doing everything right, its just that he had an enemy that hated him and so do we. In fact, sometimes the more we are seeking to please God, the more Satan attacks. We just need to stay on course.
Secondly, we need to cast our cares on the Lord as Jehoshaphat did. We probably all have battles in our life that are just too big for us. We have done all we can, and it is simply time to pray to God and wait for His assistance and direction, instead of continuing to fret, fight, and manipulate. Maybe there is a battle in your life that God would say as well, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this . . . For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
God loves us, and wants to reveal Himself to us, and it is in just these kinds of circumstances that He likes to do so. And as we pray, wait, watch, and obey, we will discover that God will either change our circumstances (“wipe out the army”) or change us (character, perspective, etc.) so that our difficulty still becomes a blessing somehow.