Take Your Eyes off the Battle and Put Them on Jesus

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1 Chronicles 5:19-20 And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab. And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.

It is not your skill that will give you the victory in any battle; it is the extent to which you put your trust in God. Based on 1 Chronicles 5:19-20 the sons of Reuben, the Gadites and half the tribe of Manasseh, won their battle because they trusted in the Lord. They went out to battle against the Hagarities and soon found out that their prowess as fighters was not sufficient to give them victory over their enemy. They needed divine intervention because they were outnumbered. To turn the situation around they did something that was unconventional. In the midst of the battle, they earnestly cried to God asking for His help. That was not easy as typically in the midst of a battle we are often so distracted by our circumstances that enough time is not spent calling on the Lord. Nevertheless, the two and a half tribes cried to the Lord, demonstrating that their trust was not in their ability but in the God who has never lost a battle. As a result, God answered their prayer and delivered their enemies into their hand plus over 300,000 cattle, camels and sheep.  It pays to trust God.

Although you may already be in the midst of the battle and the odds are stacked against you, it is not too late to cry to the Lord. It was not too late for the two and a half tribes of Israel who earnestly cried to God in the midst of battle. Their experience should be a reminder that God will respond when we put our trust in Him. Trusting God is to put our confidence in His ability. When the two and a half tribes did that they took their eyes off the battle and fixed them on Jesus. Peter had to do something similar when he was walking on the water and began to sink, he took his eyes off the wind and looked to Jesus and he was saved. You can claim victory in your current battle by taking a similar approach.

Life Application: Overcome your current challenges by taking your eyes off the problems and look instead to Jesus by daily crying out to him.

Prayer: Lord, I lift my eyes to you from whence my help comes. May I never take my eyes from you during the most difficult times of life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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