Be Still

You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position,  and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NIV).

The Moabites and Ammonites and some of the Meunites came together as “a great multitude” seeking to destroy Judah under King Jehoshaphat. The king was afraid, but he and his people came together to “seek the LORD.” In the midst of their prayers and fasting for deliverance, God answered them. The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel in the midst of the assembly, assuring them that “the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:2-15).

The LORD gave what may have seemed like a strange instruction to them. “Stand firm,” He said. Just watch God do it! And He did. The LORD made all their enemies fight and destroy each other, without the Israelites having to fight at all. Similarly, at the Red Sea when everything looked hopeless, “Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD” (Exodus 14:13). They stood firm and saw all Pharaoh’s armies drown in the midst of the Red Sea!

As we remember the tragedy of Sept 11th, we are reminded that there are dangers in this world lurking to attack us from our blind spots. We may feel powerless and hopeless. Regardless of the circumstances, remember this principle: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).  When we have done everything that we are able to do, and the situation seems hopeless, that is the time to be still and trust God to work it out in His own good way for our good. Are you facing a problem that is impossible for you to resolve? Commit it to God for He specializes in the impossible.