It is now the Year of Our Lord 2017. Two thousand and seventeen! Or, if you prefer, twenty-seventeen.
Last year I failed a lot. And I am ashamed of that.
But 2016 was the best year of my life so far. Because I grew waaay closer to God. I learned sooo much. I am forever grateful for 2016.
A couple months ago I had an idea and I looked up all the 20:16 references in the Bible. Here are a few:
Numbers 20:16: And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt:…
Matthew 20:16: So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
John 20:16: Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
So today I looked up all the 20:17’s. The one in Luke I liked. But of the others, none really stood out to me. Except for the one in 2 Chronicles.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
Stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD…
I read the chapter so I would understand what was happening.
I read that the children of Moab and of Ammon and others were coming to fight with the people of Judah. That king Jehoshaphat, instead of trusting in himself or in his army turns to God. He sets himself to seek the LORD and he proclaims a fast. He stands before the congregation in the house of the LORD and prays.
And then the Spirit of the LORD comes upon a Levite named Jahaziel, and he says,
“Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.”
(2 Chronicles 20, verses 15-17)
“The battle is not yours, but God’s.”
Those words stand out to me. They are words I want to remember this year of 2017. Because my life is not my own, nor is the war in which I fight; they are God’s. There is no need for me to be afraid or dismayed.
So as you begin this year, as you set resolutions and continue on in life, will you be leaning on your own power? Will you be trusting in yourself to make it through? Don’t let it happen. Stop. Catch yourself. Remember: it’s not yours, but God’s.