He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life
The weathermen were wrong…
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.
2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV)
Thank God, it didn’t rain Saturday. It was supposed to rain Saturday….at least that was the weather report. It stormed Friday, after raining most of week. The weather, cold, thundering and lightning, threatening hail, was a metaphor for the way I felt-beaten down by things entirely beyond my control. It felt like bits and pieces were falling down and falling apart in sequence; nothing going right. I wasn’t being pursued by armies exactly, but I was weary, worn, and sad.
In 2 Chronicles, Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were on the brink of war; about to be crushed by not one but three nations. Jehoshaphat’s solution as leader of the nation was to throw up his hands and confess that they were in deep dip. In verse 9, he says…”if calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress…” Tell me about it.
I’ve been crying out. I’ve been crying. I’m weary, weak, and worn down. I don’t want to be sad, I don’t want to feel defeated, but I’m stumbling and almost out. I don’t give up, but I’m nearly ready to….So let me tell you about Saturday.
The great thing about weather forecasts as a metaphor for faith, is that while the report may say “rain,” bad weather might not be in God’s plan. Let me tell you about Saturday.
The sun shone. Family arrived as planned, my teenager in tow. We spent the entire day outside, laughing, visiting with people we hadn’t seen in years, enjoying the music of kids playing jazz, the greats playing jazz, enjoying God’s creation. I was not defeated. There were friends all around to bear me up. The sun warmed me. The love of my friends cheered me. My godsons hugged me, kissed me, and held my hands. My problems were not solved, not immediately, but I did have this Word….”You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”
Do not be discouraged…who could be on a day like Saturday?
You will not have to fight this battle…it’s not your job to solve your Problems because you can’t, and God can.
Go out to face them tomorrow…because He’s not beside me, He’s out front.
So, while I’m still in the midst of it all, I’m not fighting, so I cannot lose. He is with me, and I will take that knowledge with me as I go…providing further evidence that God is Good.