Stand Still…

And he said, 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.

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.

II Chronicles 20:15, 17

The Lord here tells the Israelites not to worry; that the battle is His.  There was a great multitude that was getting ready to come against them and, humanly speaking, it would have definitely been a cause for fear and maybe even panic.  But God knows no fear, nor does He know panic.  Everything is His, He controls everything, and there is nothing He can’t do.  Whether the Israelites knew it or not, and whether we know it or not, He is in complete control.  We might lose sight of that fact occasionally, and we might not be able to fully comprehend it, but He is always in control.

I found it interesting that He did not tell the people to go up and fight against their enemies.  God had told the Israelites to go to battle and He would give them the victory many times.  But this time, He just told them to “stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord.”  He told them that, in this battle, they wouldn’t even need to fight.  And, as always, what He said came to pass.

As it turned out, the armies that were getting ready to attack God’s people turned on each other and attacked themselves.  They destroyed themselves and the Israelites simply had to go up and take the spoil because the battle was already over.  Sometimes it’s good in life to just “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”.  Sometimes He gives us the victory in a particular battle in our lives and sometimes He just takes the battle and wins it for us.  What a great God we serve!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, What a great and encouraging post. I like the idea that “sometimes He just takes the battle and wins it for us.” I think that might be his plan in a battle I am facing right now. We do serve a great and awesome God! Peace, Linda


    • Hi Linda! I love that thought too! I really enjoyed thinking about this passage when I read it and I really enjoyed the wording that the Lord would win the battle for them without them even fighting for it. God is good!


  2. I loved this and it helps me so much to remember the times that I thought I was sunk, but He came at that last moment and saved the day! woohoo! 🙂 Thanks, Ben, for making my day! 🙂


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