The Battle is the LORD’s Part II

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Several months ago, I wrote how the battles we face are God’s to fight. In that post I said, We face giants today. Some days, the battles are fierce. Other days just naggingly annoying. Some days the battle has raged for a long time. Other days we’re blindsided. Either way, if we go out in our own strength we’re sure to fail, or at the most, win only a partial victory.

Today, I would like to revisit that idea. Although I truly believe God must fight our battles for us, and I cling to and hold onto that promise, there are times I waver.

Another new health concern is the latest battle God will have to fight for me. And no…I haven’t gone on any trips lately. 😉

One more auto-immune disease has been added to my Fibromyalgia and growing list of other health concerns. Lupus.

Woven and spun…God put in what he wanted to put in, and left out what he wanted to leave out when I was created in my mother’s womb.

When King Jehoshaphat and his army prepared to go into battle, God told them not to be discouraged or afraid. Even though they faced a large enemy. The outcome of the battle didn’t depend on what the king and his army could or couldn’t do. The outcome depended on God.

Jehoshaphat was told he and his men would not need to fight the battle. Their job was to meet the enemy, take up their positions and wait. Oh, yeah. Wait.

The LORD would give the victory.

I know many of you are going through battles of your own right along with me. Health battles. Job battles. Family battles. Financial battles. Relationship battles. Addiction battles…

We’ve been given our orders. We are not to look at our discouraging circumstances and be overcome with fear. We are instructed to face the enemy, and wait upon the LORD to win the victory. Can I get an amen?

Jahaziel said, “Your Majesty and all you people of Judah and Jerusalem, the Lord says that you must not be discouraged or be afraid to face this large army. The battle depends on God, not on you. Attack them tomorrow as they come up the pass at Ziz. You will meet them at the end of the valley that leads to the wild country near Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Just take up your positions and wait; you will see the Lord give you victory. People of Judah and Jerusalem, do not hesitate or be afraid. Go out to battle, and the Lord will be with you!”                                    2 Chronicles 20:15-17 (GNT)

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I wish you well.


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Sunday Scriptures – Immeasurably More

At the end of February, I had the opportunity to visit Tuskegee, Alabama, and research the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II archives, at both Tuskegee University, and the National Park Service.

During the trip, there were bumps…Shields Up!

There were blips…The Battle is the LORD’s.

And there was the incredible gift of not just a piece of pie, but the entire bakery…More Pie, Please.

Major grace-drops.

Though there were detours to my plans and unexpected events, the thing that remained constant – besides the eggs and sausage at the hotel breakfast – is the fact God is, and always will be, in control. Amen?

God is sovereign. He goes before us and levels mountains and fills in valleys to make our paths smooth. None can stand against our LORD. His grace is all sufficient.

The things we may view as aggravations and annoyances, God can use to show us his power. To prove, once again, he is working in our lives. We just need to keep looking for his hand at work, and praise him. Not just when he shows up and shows out, but when he speaks in quiet ways, as well.

Even when the lessons God is teaching us may be hard, disrupt our plans, or cause us discomfort, I’m discovering we need to look at them as lessons to be learned. Which hopefully, we will allow to draw us closer to Jesus.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:20-21 (TLB)

I wish you well.


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