We all face challenges in life, and sometimes they can be hard to handle. But did you know that God has a battle plan we can follow that will guarantee victory every time?
The key is finding out what our battle position is so we can see what God will do for us when we fight the way He wants us to fight.
In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, there is a powerful example of how God can fight our battles. There were three enemies coming against Jehoshaphat and the people of Israel: the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Meunites. Verse 3 tells us that when Jehoshaphat heard about this trouble, his immediate response was fear. This is understandable because our first natural response to any bad news is usually a feeling of fear. And what we choose to do at that point is very important.
If we keep reading in verse 3, we can see how Jehoshaphat chose to respond.
He “set himself [determinedly, as his vital need] to seek the Lord; he proclaimed a fast in all Judah” (AMPC).
The minute he received bad news, Jehoshaphat felt fear but he immediately began to seek the Lord. This is absolutely the best decision we can ever make when we are facing a situation that makes us afraid.
I wonder how different the world would be if every time we had a problem we went to God immediately so we could hear directly from Him and know what we should do.
If you’re thinking, “Joyce, I’m not sure I can hear directly from God,” then I want to encourage you to believe that you can!
God’s Word says that He will give us wisdom and guide us when we put our trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 119:105).
I remember being overwhelmed at times with fear when I was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago. It was a fast-growing type of cancer and I had to have surgery right away. I would pray and speak the Word to overcome the fear, but it would come back again. Then one night I heard God speak so clearly to my heart: “I will take care of you.” That was when my faith rose up and it changed everything.