You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:17)
Jahaziel’s Advice For The Christian
The battle took place more than 2500 years ago but the lessons learned still resonate with the people of God. It was a time of the divided Israel when Ahab and Jezebel reigned in the northern tribes and Jehoshaphat ruled the southern two tribes. The northern ten tribes never had a righteous king and the influence of Ahab and Jezebel sent the people of God down a path of incredible wickedness. Jehoshaphat was a man who followed in the ways of his father Asa doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. A day came when the people of Moab with the people of Ammon gathered against the king of Judah with a great multitude. Unlike his counterpart in the northern tribes, Jehoshaphat sought the blessing of God to help him defeat this great army that had come up against Judah. He begged the intervention of the Lord to spare the people from this catastrophe that waited with this great army. All of Judah, with their little ones, their wives and their children stood before the Lord seeking His blessings.
God sent His servant Jahaziel the son of Zechariah to deliver the message of hope for the people. The battle plan was not a complex maneuvering of chariots, infantry or batteries of artillery bombardment. It did not involve the people of Judah to do anything. Jahaziel told the people to go down and face the enemy and then do a most remarkable thing. First of all, there will be no need to fight this battle because the Lord has already won the victory. What the prophet wanted the people to do was to face the enemy, position themselves and stand still. No movement. No fighting. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Nothing else. They did not need to be afraid or to be dismayed because of the great army that stood before them. God would fight their battle for them. The people believed the prophet and did what he said to do. In place of swords and spears, the people sang praise to the Lord. When they began to sing the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir. In a remarkable battle preserved through the pages of God’s word, the enemy of Judah began killing one another until no man was standing. When the battle was over, Judah came to find the land littered with dead bodies. It took three days to gather all the spoil from the dead bodies. God had won a great victory that day and the people of Judah trusted in the word of the Lord.
Jahaziel’s advice is still pertinent for the Christian. The battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers and against the rulers of darkness. There is no reason to be afraid of Satan and his minions because the battle is not won by the power of men but the power of God. Facing the enemy is recognizing the powerful influence the devil tries to put in our lives and he is most successful. Allowing the power of God to guide the heart of the Christian, courage begs for the soldiers of Christ to position themselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with us. There is no greater power to defeat Satan than the power of God living in our lives. Through prayer, meditation of the word of God, fellowship and constant devotion to His cause, nothing will be able to defeat us. Trust in the Lord and let Him fight for you. He will give the victory because Jesus has risen from the dead. Thank God for His incredible gift.