Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 2 Chronicles 20:15-30
Our God is faithful and honorable. He is the ultimate authority in all things. King Jehosephat sought to honor God. It was a newish thing he was trying out – but he was doing it.
When told that his land was about to be under siege, Jehosephat became scared. Which I find to be totally rational.
How do you react when you’re afraid? Do you become angry or aggressive? Do you hide or cower? Or do you, like King Jehosephat, give it to God? Because this thing that you fear? It is not yours. The battle belongs to God.
Jehosephat dressed his singers in their best clothing and sent them before his army with their holiest songs. His people did not flee, they did not lash out in anger, they did not seek to control. By the grace of God, they saw that the battle was not theirs. The battle belongs to God.
They won. But you already know that. They marched on singing a line that I know well, and you might too:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His love endures forever!”
God lets us lose battles all the time. We get cut off. We are disrespected by peers and co-workers. We fight with our friends and with our family. Battle is inevitable, but we are called to step out in faith.
Remember: The battle belongs to God.
Read 2 Chronicles 26:16-23
Control is an illusion.
We love control. We like to know what is safe, dangerous, black, white, easy, hard, friend, foe, up, down. Control makes us feel powerful. Control gives us a firm grasp on safety. Control is something we take pride in.
Control isn’t real.
When we believe that we have control over enough things for a long enough time, we begin to develop (say it with me) pride. And with enough pride (aka assumed control), we think we can do anything.
Take King Uzziah for instance.
He became powerful, grew prideful, felt total control over his kingdom, people, and even his God.
Stepping into the sanctuary of the temple of God and burning incense when you weren’t a Priest or a High Priest was no-go. God ordered this and Uzziah knew this. But Uzziah felt that he was powerful enough to control the situation, so he stepped into a forbidden, secret, holy place.
So God struck him with leprosy.
Seriously. Uzziah’s crazy control/pride issue lead him to become a permanent outcast for the rest of his life, living in physical and emotional misery until the day he died.
The lesson here is simple and profound: Stop trying to control your life. Trust your God. Follow His example and His guidelines. You don’t have control. He does.
Reflections written by Liz Doogan