INCOMING MISSILES—THE BATTLE’S NOT YOURS
Jahaziel said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, king Jehosophat. This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army, for the battle does not belong to you, but to God’. 2 Chronicles 20:15.
I was just a young lad back in October 1962 when the Cuban missile crisis broke. Remember the story? Russia had placed missiles in Cuba, just 90- miles from the Florida coast in response to American missiles in Italy and Turkey and Cuba’s request for assistance after an earlier American-back invasion, “The Bay of Pigs” had failed. I had wondered if we were all going to die—my parents were glued to the radio. I knew it was something big. The world held its breath, and waited, then sighed in relief. Russia backed down. God’s intervention?
Thousands of years before, King Jehosophat faced the same situation—“some people came and told Jehosophat, ‘a vast army is coming against you’ (2 Chronicles 2). Jehosophat went immediately into prayer, gathering the children of Judah in one place. Suddenly, at the back of the crowd, a voice stood out, Jahaziel’s–“then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel” (verse 15), with the famous proclamation, and a battle plan is hatched. “After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness, as they went out the head of the army saying, ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever’. (vs. 21). The king had got his own praise team.
Sometimes an army of problems will assail and the missiles of finance, uncertainty, people, pain, heartbreak, sickness, work piled high will point your way, aimed at you. That’s when you just stop, and fall on your knees and start singing, for “no weapon formed against you shall prosper, so “fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord (Ex 14:13), so “be no afraid of them, for the Lord thy God is with thee”. (Deut 20:1), and they that be with us, are more than they that be with them. Trust me, the missiles are always there, and that’s why you need the constant praise team, day in and day out. At our school, we’re not just staying with chapel and worships; kids pile out in the hallways in the middle of the day to hold hands and to pray, for the incoming missiles are not to be taken for granted. Missiles a-coming. Lord, just open up my eyes today; open my eyes of faith and prayer and song, for the battle is the Lord’s. Share it up, Yolanda. The Battle is Not Yours