Jim Edwards, one of the speakers at the West Coast Presbyterian Pastors’ Conference this week, spent some time this morning talking about various virtues and about how we can make a decision to act in ways that we might not feel yet. An example for me might be to help clean up the kitchen even though I’m dog tired at the end of the day. I don’t feel it, but I know it’s right so I do it.
Well someone asked him about that. Do we have to do it under our own strength? ‘Cause I don’t think I have it in me!
He responded with a story from the chapter 20 of the book of Second Chronicles – not one of the ones I read often, I have to admit.
You see, the enemies of King Jehosophat had gathered considerable forces to take him on – far more than Jehosophat had on his side. It was going to be a very short, one-sided battle. Jehosophat was getting pretty scared so he decided to pray, asking for God’s help. In fact, he had the whole country fast and pray for God’s help.
God told them that they had to go and fight… BUT, this was going to be God’s fight, not theirs:
This battle is not for you to fight; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you. – 2 Chronicles 20:17
Ever feel outmatched by the challenges of life? These words apply to us too. God asks us to show up, but doesn’t ask us to do it all under our own power. In many cases, all we have to do is show up, stand still, and let God handle it.
That sounds like good news, doesn’t it?