What's in a name 2
'For the battle is not yours, but God's.' 2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV
When Israel was threatened by the mighty forces of Amalek at Rephidim, God gave them a supernatural victory. Realising that God was fighting the battle for them, Moses built an altar to Jehovah-Nissi: the Lord my banner. God said to them: 'The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still' (Exodus 14:14 NIV). And when Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was facing a great battle, he was told: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's' (2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV).
We can become discouraged and feel defeated in the battles we face, usually because we're trying to fight them in our own strength. The only conflict ever successfully won, is the one God fights for us. He longs for us to surrender to him and allow him to win it for us. We are called to 'fight the good fight of the faith' (1 Timothy 6:12 NIV), but God never expects us to fight alone.
So when we're worn out from battle, we are actually in the place God wants us to be. He wants us to realise that we can't do it all. He wants us to turn to him, let him be our strength and remember that the battle is not ours, it's his.
So what now? What have you been trying to fight in your own strength? Reflect on this verse: 'The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still' (Exodus 14:14 NIV). Then thank him for his supernatural victory in your situation.
Soulfood: Ezek 31-33 Matt 23:13-22 Ps 27 Pro 20:5-6,