It’s Not Your Battle
The image of the holiday season is one of warmth and light, family and friends, giving and receiving. But for some, the joy of the season may be mixed with darker feelings. Life’s hardships are not suspended for holidays. Fear and anxiety cast chronic shadows over the happy sentiments of Christmas. It might seem more like a time of war than a time of peace on earth.
Sometimes it seems easier just to live with it. But when we look to Christ, we discover that He has taken all of the fear and anxiety upon Himself and conquered it.
Thus says the Lord to you, Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. . . . You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf . . . . Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:15-17, emphasis added)
These words of God were prophesied to King Jehoshaphat of Judah as he and his people faced overwhelming odds on the battlefield. Jehoshaphat knew that their situation is hopeless, but his faith in God’s deliverance did not waver. God answered by destroying the enemy by His own means; Judah didn’t even have to fight!
No matter your circumstances, God is faithful and He has won the victory for you. When you are trusting in Him and aware that He is always with you, you will find that fear is just an illusion because it’s not your battle and it’s already been won.
Affirmation for Today:
I am not afraid! The battle isn’t mine but God’s.
(2 Chron. 20:15, Driving Reflections—Worry Free Living)