One Sunday last month, I proposed being a church that is an agent of life and community transformation requires risk, pain and loss. I talked about how Jesus issued an invitation to some fishermen to follow him. Scripture says they left everything and followed him.
Later, at the back door, a man with such a sincere and genuine look in his eyes asked me, “How do you let go of everything?” What a great question! When you really get down to the business of living your life daily, how do you truly entrust your life to God?
I read a passage of scripture found in 2 Chronicles, chapter 20. We’re told that the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on King Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel. Jehoshaphat was even warned, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea.” Jehoshaphat prays an incredible prayer in verses 6 - 12, which ends with, “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
God responds to the people in verses 15 - 17 with: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”
And in this response, I think we see how to truly entrust our lives to God. We must realize that neither the battle, nor our lives are ours. Our responsibility is to take up our position of faith and stand firm. God instructs us to not be afraid and not be discouraged. When we do, we’ll see God move in miraculous ways.
So, in your life right now, what vast army is coming against you? Admit you have no power to face it, that you do not know what to do, and put your eyes upon God. Know that the battle is not yours, but God’s and stand firm! And God says above all, do not be afraid and do not be discouraged, I am with you and for you.