'The Lord fights for us against our enemies to give you us victory’

Submitted by munir on Wed, 01/04/2023 - 09:29

Throughout history, since the start of life on Earth, there have been innumerable events relevant to of people who were subjected to attacks either physically, emotionally, verbally and the like. The reactions to such situations have most of the times been reciprocation of evil which involves retaliations by concocting plans to inflict evil on others. Under such a situation the vicious cycle of violence continues endlessly to the point that sometimes it leads to bloodshed or rather the entrenchment of hatred and grudge goes down from one generation to another.


In Christianity, there in nothing as retaliation or rather take revenge on others. Christianity calls for  tolerance and respect for others including prayers  seeking Almighty Lord's intercession and guidance to eliminate tension through forgiveness.


Lord Jesus said, "If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them." (Luke 6:29)


The divine statement does not reflect weakness, but rather a powerful attitude represented in tolerance and forgiveness, since forgiveness expressed towards others represents a sublime attitude that needs a strong personality and profound faith as expressed in the Holy Bible.


The Holy Bible abounds with verses that calls for forgiveness by giving sound and firm determination that one needs not reciprocate evil because the Lord fights for us and crushes evil.


This is evident in this verse: "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:14)


A further verse states, "For the Lord your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ (Deuteronomy 20:4)


The new Testament states, "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57)


In other words, victory comes from the Lord, thus the faithful should merely forgive other and let the Lord fight for them, and consequently give them victory."


This view is lucidly expressed in the Holy Bible in the Story of Jehoshaphat which explains how the Lord fights our battles and how to let the Almighty Lord fight our battles and attain victory.


The life of Jehoshaphat is found in 2 Chronicles 17-20, but we are going to focus on the story found in chapter 20.


The Holy Bible says that Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah. who loved and obeyed the one true God.  When several strong armies joined forces against Judah, hearing this, Jehoshaphat goes straight to God. Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. (2 Chronicles 20)


Jehoshaphat addressed the situation to God and ended with prayer,  “O our God, will You not judge them? 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.” (verse 12)


The Almighty God answered the prayer of His people: “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…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.” (verses 15 and 17)


After the people sang  praise of the Lord saying, "For His mercy endures forever.” (verses 20-21) and radical change  took place in the course of the events with the different armies began to fight one another rather than making a unified force against Judah. They fought and killed one another! The only action on the side of Judah was praising God!


 “The battle is mine says the Lord” was not a simple statement made by God to comfort His people. It truly was His battle and He was able to work because the people believed and obeyed.


It is important in this regard to bear in mind, that when people are in trouble, they must allow the Lord to fight for them and await victory.


O Lord Jesus, Your faithful people strongly believe that " the LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1)

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By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org