Sunday, November 25, 2012
Taking the Fight to the Enemy—Part 3
An example to follow as we engage the enemy
King Jehoshaphat set an example for all of us to follow as we prepare to engage the enemy. He had a standing army of over 1,160,000 warriors armed for battle and yet he did not rely on his own powerful army to stand against a committed enemy coalition from Ammon, Moab, and Mt. Seir (Edom).
Jehoshaphat first sought the Lord for guidance on how to proceed. He called for a fast and the people came together to seek help from the Lord.
As they did so, one of the Levites arose to communicate God’s plan for them to simply stand firm and watch the Lord do the work—the battle was the Lord’s and not theirs. They were encouraged to take up their positions and see the salvation of the Lord. God said to them, “'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.”
Jehoshaphat sent a choir out ahead of the army and they went out praising God. The Lord caused inter-army fighting among the three armies and they all died by one another’s hand.
The point here is that, no matter how well we feel able to use our own resources, ultimately it is the Lord’s battle and He will prevail using His own methods.
We need only to avoid fear and to simply stand firm, trusting in God to make it come out alright. Our part is first to sincerely seek God and then to praise Him—in faith—for the answer as we go forth to witness the destruction of the enemy.
The apostle John records in Revelation that even in the final battle of Armageddon, it is the righteous rider on the white horse (Jesus) who will devastate the attacking armies with a sword from His mouth—the Word of God (Rev. 19:11-15).