Section 2: Practical Wisdom, Article 9

When the Battle is Not Ours

“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle.”
2 Chronicles 20:17.

hen the story of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:1-30) tells the story of our lives—the story of situations far too difficult for us to meet, of times when circumstances threaten our peace, even our survival, and we are afraid—it may be time to learn that “the battle is not yours, but
Yehuveh’s.” Whatever the problem—financial matters far outside of our abilities to afford; social or political pressures that we will never be able to rise up against; family problems we cannot handle—whenever it is too big for us to handle and when it therefore makes us afraid, it is time to follow Jehoshephat’s example.

Jehoshephat’s Solution
        Contemplate the power of Jehoshephat’s story:

“It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and
        with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. Then there came some
        that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on
        this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi. And
Jehoshaphat feared,
and set himself to seek Yehuveh, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah
        gathered themselves together, to ask help of Yehuveh: even out of all the cities of Judah they
        came to seek Yehuveh.”
2 Chronicles 20:1-4.

        Jehoshaphat faced an overpowering situation and openly admitted his fear, but that was only his
first step. He immediately took the second step: he “set himself to seek Yehuveh, and proclaimed a fast . . . .” David had done the same thing when he and his men returned to Ziklag to find the city burned, their wives and children captive, and no one to turn to for help except Yehuveh. At that time “David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved: . . . but David encouraged himself in Yehuveh his Elohim.” 1 Samuel 30:6. 
With no human solution possible, if we rely only on human help, fear is inevitable. Under normal circumstances Jehoshaphat would have gathered an army and marshalled a battle with his enemies, but this situation was far beyond anything he or his army could handle. It is at times like this that “the battle is not yours, but Elohim’s.” Yehuveh is always with us, always willing to help us with the experiences we face, always listening to our prayers, but at times in life when we face unusual situations, He knows that “we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee.”

“And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of
        Yehuveh, before the new court, and said,
O Yehuveh Elohim of our fathers, art not Thou
Elohim in heaven? and rulest not Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in Thine
hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand Thee? Art not Thou our
        Elohim, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before
Thy people Israel, and gavest it
        to the seed of Abraham Thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built Thee a
        sanctuary therein for Thy name, saying,
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment,
or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in Thy presence, (for Thy name is
        in this house,
) and cry unto Thee in our affliction, then Thou wilt hear and help.”
        2 Chronicles 20:5-9.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:     25 August 2005
Latest Update:             3 February 2010

Complete Study Guide to Article 9   

Continuing Jehoshaphat’s Story        Time for Jehoshaphat’s Prayer       
Promises that Yehuveh will Defend Us       

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