I’m so thankful for this promise. Sometimes, we don’t have to do anything. We just have to wait for God to work, and he promises to fight our battles for us. The Israelites defeated the Midianites with some lanterns and trumpets. Jericho’s mighty walls fell because God’s people walked around them. God sent an earthquake when Paul and Silas were in prison, beaten and bruised, yet singing hymns of praise.
What’s the common theme? When God’s people obediently press on, God will deliver. It may not be immediate, but he will rescue us, one way or another. Therefore, we can march bravely into our battles with the weapons of faith and praise to our God, trusting God to act on our behalf. Remember, he provides special care and protection for the fatherless and the widow. (Deuteronomy 10:18) “After your season of suffering, God in all His grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10
Let’s take a look at King Jehoshaphat’s response to a surprise attack from the enemy. In 2 Chronicles 20, he’s told that a great multitude is coming against him. He prays and fasts. He calls together the people of God and prays. He acknowledges the power and might of God. He prays the promises of God. He acknowledges that they don’t know what to do and that they are utterly powerless to stop the enemy. Then, they wait for God to respond.
What happens next is beautiful. Sometimes, we can’t see the wonder of God’s power on our behalf unless we’re attacked by the enemy. God speaks through Jahaziel and tells his children that they need not be afraid. He commands them to stand firm, hold [their] position, and see the salvation of the Lord. (V. 17). He could have prevented the enemy from coming against them in the first place, but he didn’t. Instead, he gives them his presence and tells them it’s not their battle but His.
Today, God may be telling you the same thing. You may be tired and scared and hurt, but God is telling you that he’s already sent his son to carry your sorrows (Isaiah 53:4). He died on a cross so you wouldn’t have to fear death or Satan. Maybe today he’s telling you to simply be still and quit fighting because He’s got this. This battle you’re facing, this mountain that looms in front of you, this mess that surrounds you. He’s got this, and he’s holding you. Psalm 56 tells us that he cares so much about us that he collects every one of our tears in a bottle.
He’s not blind to your pain or your struggles today. Trust him to fight on your behalf. Then, fall down and worship him and sing praises to him. (2 Chronicles 20:18-19)