The battle is not yours, but God's
Week beginning: 21st January, 2018 | By John Scriven | Bath
"For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."2 Chronicles 20:12 (NKJV)
Some years ago, Rev. Dick Lucas (formerly Rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate), speaking at an LCF conference, said that we need to ask God for both wisdom and courage in addressing the challenges of secularism in our world. Since that time, hostility to Christianity has become more strident and frequently affects us both in and outside the workplace.
We can feel overwhelmed by the challenges involved and can be frozen in the headlights. Faced with seemingly insuperable odds, Jehoshaphat called out to God: "nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You". So we need to ask God for His resources – both for the wisdom to know what to do, and for the courage to do it, remembering Jahaziel's word from the Lord to the people of Judah: "the battle is not yours, but God's" (v.15, NKJV).
1. For those of us facing difficult situations in our professions as a result of our Christian faith: may we rely on God for His guidance and strength.
2. When talking about our faith with those who have different beliefs to our own: may God give us wisdom and courage.