II Chronicles 20:1-4 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. 2 Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). 3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
One beautiful morning in the land of Judah, the women are setting up breakfast for their families while the men are gathered at the city quadrangle catching up as they ready themselves for the day’s work. The little children are running around chasing butterflies and plucking flowers. The young girls are already fetching water from the stream nearby in their pots while the young lads are cleaning the cow sheds and feeding the chickens. All is calm, it promises to be a good day.
Some men, half walking and half running rush towards the palace, they look alarmed. There’s tension in the air, even the children can sense that. They stop running around and just watch. “there’s a vast army coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea.”They tell Jehoshaphat
If there’s something people are quick to give you free of charge, it is advice. “Life is a hard”, they say. “Life is too short you know”, “you only live once”, “you, do you”. And the most common one I have heard so many times in the recent past is “choose your battles carefully”. When you look at it, it sounds like a really great advice because for sure no one wants to fight over everything. Every morning when you wake up to a new day, you are setting up yourself to face life battles.
So yeah, choose your battles. But the question on my mind right now is, what do you do when a ‘package’ shows up at your door and it is not Amazon prime? Neither did you order for it? What do you do when there’s a battle creeping up from behind you unexpectedly? What do you do when the cloud lifts but you are not ready to move? What do you do when your business crumbles because of a Covid-19 pandemic that you had absolutely nothing to do with?
What do you do when like Jehoshaphat, you have been living in peace, minding your own business but somewhere these children of Moab and Ammon decide to come and wage war against you? What do you do child of God, when out of the seven billion people on the planet, the battle chooses you?
There was no time for Jehoshaphat to think of strategy, he didn’t have time to consult his advisors and so he did what he knew to do. There’s something about a surprise attack, a surprise e-mail, a surprise phone call, that will drive you into the presence of God. There’s something about the one you didn’t see coming that will make you run to where you should have run all along.
II Chronicles 20:17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’
As control freaks that human beings can be, the first natural instinct when a battle shows up is to fight back. Defend yourself, clear your name from false accusations. Go to court and contest the unfair dismissal from your job. In this walk of life however, I have come to realize that sometimes when everything in you screams “fight back”, it requires more faith not to fight back and just let God sort it out.
Listen, sometimes the battle chooses you because it is not really about you. It is about God. Sometimes in life you don’t need to know how to fight, you just need to have God. A God who says, “you fight my child, you fight me”. There are battles you’ll face in life but you won’t have to fight them. All you need is to take up your position in prayer, stand firm in your faith and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.
Child of God, Sometimes The Battle Chooses You.