The Battle is the Lord’s

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12b 

It happens to all of us at some time: the circumstances of our lives completely overwhelm us to the point where we don’t know what to do. The problem may be financial, relational, occupational, physical, or simply circumstantial. In many cases it’s a combination of causes and we are left feeling crushed and hopeless.

When that happens the only logical response is to turn to God and place your trust in him for help and deliverance. That was Jehoshaphat’s response in today’s focal verse. Jehoshaphat was king of Judah and had just been warned of an imminent attack by several of the hostile nations around them. He was shaken by the threat and his immediate response was to seek the Lord as it says in verse three: “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.” He gathered the people and prayed to God, ending with the words of the verse above.

God responded through one of his prophets with these words recorded in verse 15: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” The prophet also said: “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.” (verse 17)

We can trust God with our insurmountable challenges too. Take to heart the words of Psalm 121:1-2: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Are you looking to God for help with the insurmountable challenges in your life? 


Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church