Today, the world is full of challenges; we have safety challenges, health challenges and many others. Lately, it seems that safety is our number one challenge. Parents are concerned about their children; husbands are concerned about their families and even children are concerned about their parents.
But what do we do when we find ourselves in difficulty? Well in those moments, we can trust God. In Psalm 46:1-2 NLT, we read, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.” The Psalmist chose to look to God as his refuge. A refuge is a place of safety; a place to hide when the storms of life confront us.
But He is also our strength; our source of power when we feel weak and inadequate. There are many situations that can invoke fear and dread in our lives but we don’t have to walk in that fear. In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat found himself in a situation. Verse 2 says, “Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” I can only imagine the fear that gripped his heart. But he did not allow fear to direct his behavior.
Jehoshaphat decided on a course of action. First, he went to God for guidance; next he ordered the people to fast; then he went to God in prayer. He prayed, “O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” Verse 12. God sent an answer to Jehoshaphat’s prayer through Jahaziel. He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” verse 15. When the enemy surrounds you, don’t try to defend in your own strength; remember, the battle is the Lord’s.
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Thought For Today: Friend, God will fight our battles.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.