As Christians, it is important to understand that there is a time to let go and let God, but there is also a time to get into the thick of things with God.
I am reading an interesting book, Daily Devotional Spiritual Warfare (30 Days of Thoughts, Prayer amp Praise) by Mark Arnold, and he shares insights about the Bible I had never quite analysed the way he does.
For example, in Joshua 5:13-15, the Bible demonstrates how our God fights WITH us. The Lord comes to Joshua as a captain of God’s army and guides Joshua and the Israelites’ eventual conquest of Jericho. Yet in 2 Chronicles 20:15, God manifests as a God who fights FOR us.
“… Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude for the battle is not yours, but God’s,” the Bible reads in part.
In verse 17 it continues: “You shall not need to fight in this battle take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem… ”
What a privilege for the Lord to tell us to simply stand still… take positions, and the battle is still ours for the winning! But therein again lies the challenge understanding what God wants us to do during different circumstances. Sometimes He is guidingleading us into battle, and we are stubbornly standing still and indifferent to the enemy, and the end result is us emerging battered and defeated from that onslaught, and blaming God.
Then, when He tells us to stand still and let Him do all the dirty work, we are too full of kajanja to stay put. So, we charge forth into battles we cannot manage and sometimes even lose our lives in the process!
In spiritual warfare, it is important to listen to what God is saying. I find it interesting that while He tells Jehoshaphat to stand still in 2 Chronicles 20, God nonetheless tells him and his troops to take their positions.
As you proudly proclaim: “my battle is the Lord’s, I will just stand still”, are you sure you have also taken your position, child of God?
My pastor usually preaches that God is a God of position and location. Are you where God wants you when the time comes for Him to fight for you?
Position can refer to you keeping your ranks in ministry, you fellowshipping in the right place, or even you positioning yourself spiritually by forgiving, repenting, etc. Spiritual warfare, I have realised, is so easy, if our ears are tuned perfectly to the commander.
Source : The Observer