As I was reading, praying and meditating this morning I found myself reading II Chronicles 20.
When I read/study Holy Scripture I try to not only understand the times in which those specific Words were Written but too also understand how they pertain to me, my family ant the Church today.
In first verses of II Chronicles 20 we find a leader/king who is surrounded by very powerful enemies and things look very bleak for him and his people (household for me today). This leader seeks the Lord as to what to do. He calls all the people in the land (my home) to fast and pray to the Lord. As the people (my family) fast and pray seeking the Lord the Lord reveals to them that the battle is NOT there battle. In fact the Lord instructed them “be not afraid or dismayed.” In other words do not focus on what you see in the natural world but remain focused on the Lord and His provision(s). As the people (my family) are gathered together the king/leader (me) begins to remind the Lord of His power, victories and promises to “the seed of Abraham.” At this point the people (my family) dwells there before the Lord (fasting and praying).
The Lord destroys the enemies of the king/leader (me) and the people (my family) without them having to raise a hand in battle. In fact, it is Written that the spoils of the battle are so great that it took them (the people) three days to gather them all up! Now at this point I’m thinking, “I bet these weren’t just normal eight hour work days.” Don’t you think that these people would have spent as much time as they could gathering up the spoils the Lord had given them? I sure do.
Then on the fourth day the people (my family) came together and “blessed the Lord.” At this point all the people (my family) returned home with joy in their hearts and lived in peace.
So, my dear friends, as we look at the world today and see (with our natural eyes) let us remember that the battle is not really ours. Yes we have our part to play but our focus should be on the Lord. Jesus, Himself, said “when you fast…” If things seem dark and dreary for you at this time then I encourage you to change your focus. Focus not on the things of this world but rather focus on the things of the spirit realm. If you are too busy to take time to spend some directed, focused time with your Creator then don’t worry. He will see to it that each and every one of us get to a point where we finally reach the point where we say “well, I guess all we can do now is pray.”
Join me, won’t you, in seeking the Lord each and every Monday for the rest of this year? Let us band together and watch to see just how great and mighty our Lord is.
Running the race.