August 21

Written by Bill Grandi on August 21st, 2019

My title for this devotion is The Battle is His vs The Battle is Mine.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed. Things come up; things pile on; we get to feeling ourselves being weighed down; we are soon unable to move. Whether it be real or imagined, it just gets too much. At that point, we have two choices. Carry the burden and fight the battle ourselves or say, “God, I can’t do this. It is yours.”

We will say the latter is the right choice. And it is. BUT saying and doing are two different things. It is easier to say, “Here Lord” than to actually do “Here Lord.”

A good example of this is found in 2 Chronicles 32. Hezekiah was king and he had been THE man. He brought renewal and reform to Judah. He restored God to His rightful place of prominence. Hezekiah brought sweeping reform-both materially (tearing down altars, etc) and spiritually (renewing the Passover, feasts, worship of God, etc). But in chapter 32, it is all put to the test. Would Hezekiah’s plans be thwarted? Would his commitment be seen as a “say” or a “do”?

Sennacharib king of Assyria invaded Judah and came against the cities to make them his. Jerusalem was one of them. Hezekiah and his people made all kinds of preparations and had to listen to Sennacharib blaspheme God. Big time. But in 32:7-8 Hezekiah tells the people, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him…With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”

Were those just words or did he truly believe that? He believed them. He and Isaiah (the prophet) prayed and cried to heaven and God sent an angel to fight the battle and Sennacharib went home in disgrace. It was so bad even his own sons killed him.

God’s words are true. Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.” Hezekiah says, “Yes indeed! I can attest to that!” 

Question: Can I?

“Father, this battle is yours. My sword is feeble and over-matched by my enemy’s. But help me to let you fight my battles. Help me to trust you as Hezekiah and Isaiah did.”


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Oh, this is good, Bill. Yep, so easy to say; so challenging to do.

  2. Ryan S. says:

    Some say asking for help is a sign of weakness… I think it’s pretty clear, asking for help is a sign of wisdom and maturity. Now as you ask, I’ll ask… God help me to let you fight my battles.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      When it comes to God asking for help is not a sign of weakness. I think it is a sign of reliance. And I’m with you on asking for help. Thanks for commenting Ryan.

  3. Absolutely, Bill! It is one thing to say, and another to do when asking God to fight our battles. I love this story of Hezekiah and his firm trust in the Lord to deliver the city.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I have been impressed by Hezekiah early on. I know he messed up because of pride, but even that brought him to his knees. This is one good example of humility. Thanks for the comment Martha.

  4. floyd says:

    We fools rely on our miraculous senses instead of the miraculous brain and soul that God made.

    The sense are limited to this dimension and the Power of creation sits in the other one an infinite miles away and right next to us… and in some of us…