The Battle Belongs to the Lord
By Judy A Bauman
Trusting in the Lord
Christians, including myself, have had to declare with regularity,
“Lord, I trust You!” We have read and heard teachings that “The Battle
Belongs to the Lord!” However, we tend to do two things. One, we either
fight until we are exhausted and at the end of our rope; or we sit back
and do nothing and purport to be trusting God in the matter. I don’t
believe either are Scriptural.
principle wrongly attributed to Scripture is “God helps those who help
themselves.” This statement is from Aesop and later Benjamin Franklin.
However, when we study the Scriptures, we see that there is truth to
this idiom. God helps us, but there is action required on our part. Many
examples come to mind, but let me just share these with you.
Send In the Praisers!
Chronicles 20, the people of Israel are backed up into a place they
cannot escape the three great armies coming at them. Any one of the
armies were big enough to annihilate the Israelites, but these wicked
armies came together to make sure they wiped Israel off the face of the
earth. (Where have we heard that before?) A prophet spoke up after they
all had fasted and prayed, and said, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed
because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but
Israelites lay around, eat popcorn, and wait to see how God would swoop
in to save them? No! However, they did gain wisdom to do something out
of the norm.
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