It’s hard for me to be still and watch. I’m a doer. I’m an achiever. I spent over 34 years of my career “making things happen”.
So I tend to skim over all the situations in the Bible where God tells us to “be still and watch”. And God says this often. You probably don’t notice how often he says this unless you’re trying to ignore him when he says this – like me.
In 2 Chronicles, King Jehoshaphat tells his people not to be discouraged by the huge, combined army that is marching toward them. “You will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory.” 2 Chronicles 20:17.
After saying this, the king and all the people bowed before God with their faces to the ground and they worshipped God. This creates a great visual picture in my brain because they were acting like they had already won!
Because they had.
Early the next morning, they marched out to their positions singing praises to God. They were not afraid – God was going to fight for them.
And he did. While King Jehoshaphat was marching out with his men singing praises to God, God caused the enemy army to become confused and they started fighting each other – killing everybody in their own army.
When God’s people arrived, all the of the enemy soldiers were dead. They won and the only weapon they raised was their trust in God. It took them three days to gather up all of the supplies and valuables left behind by the dead army.
Wow! They didn’t even have to use their weapons.
God showed me how this works several years ago when I was concerned about a family situation so I was going to do something about it but I kept forgetting to do it. This was very unlike me – I make lists and it gets done. I realized God was trying to stop me from getting involved. So I stopped and watched and prayed. And prayed some more.
A couple of weeks later I discovered that the issue had been totally resolved. God fixed it. And he accomplished something that I could have never done. I had no idea what he was doing until I found out it was all taken care of.
God is saying to me and you today that there are battles coming our way that he wants to fight for us. We just need to trust and be still and watch.
Thank you for fighting my battles, Abba Father.