Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Chronicles 20:20-22 (AMP); So they got up early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe and trust in the LORD your God and you will be established (secure). Believe and trust in His prophets and succeed.” When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in their holy (priestly) attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Praise and give thanks to the LORD, for His mercy and loving kindness endure forever.” When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were struck down [in defeat].
To succeed in life, you must have the wisdom to choose what wars to fight. Not all wars are for you to get involved in. It is easy to be deceived by the greatness of your strength, the money at your disposal or the vastness of your army. By these external factors, you may conclude that the war is for you to fight. That is not so, child of God.
Take the example of King Jehoshaphat in our theme scripture. If King Jehoshaphat had fought in that war, he would never have won. Instead, he gathered those that praised the Lord. They went onto the battlefield singing songs to God. The Lord Himself fought this war and claimed victory on their half.
In this life, there are people who consider every criticism against them as a reason to fight. Every slight on their character is a provocation to get into battle mode. Every attack from “enemies” must be responded to with corresponding force.
That is not the way of the wise. It is a strategy on the side of the enemy to draw you into fights that you should never have gotten involved in, in the first place. That way, he will waste your time and lay siege to your emotions.
Sometimes, not to fight at all is to fight well. That is why for a wise Christian, silence can be the better part of valour. Our greatest fight as children of God will always be the fight of faith. Choose your wars wisely, know when to let down your weapons and watch God work.
FURTHER STUDY: Judges 7:19-23, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6
GOLDEN NUGGET: Sometimes, not to fight at all is to fight well. That is why for a wise Christian, silence can be the better part of valour.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. I know which wars to fight and how I ought to fight them. The Bible says that You are the God that teaches my hands to war. I live my life in Your instructions and by them, my constant victory is assured. In Jesus’ name, Amen.