Pick Your Battles
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 Judah faced invasion from the combined forces of the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir. Upon hearing this, Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah. Jehoshaphat puts the people’s situation before God and appeals for Him to do something. He states that they are powerless against the invaders due to their great combined numbers and they have no idea or strategy to defeat them. But Jehoshaphat didn’t realize that although they felt powerless, he was talking to the One with all power. Although they didn’t know how they would come out of this, he was talking to the One who is all knowing. God was Google before there was a Google. God’s reply was one that still rings true today. We also need to take note of that, when we speak to God about what we face. God tells him “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not your’s, but God’s.” That should be good news for someone. No matter what big thing looks to attack you, we serve a God who is bigger. No matter what great thing looks to take you out, we serve a God who is greater and who is looking to bring you out. Rather than picking this battle or that battle to ﬁght, we need to stand aside and let God be God in our lives. Rather than picking your battle, we need to be picking out our shout because the battle is already won. Rather than picking battles, we need to be picking out our dance because the enemy is already defeated. Sometimes our place is not in the ring, but on the sidelines. Be blessed and be encouraged!