Gathering The Spoil by Kirk Hunt
When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.
2 Chronicles 20:25 NKJV
Jehoshaphat and Judah faced extermination. A massive, three-nation alliance army from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir were marching against Jerusalem. Soon, the victors would be gathering the spoil from the dead bodies of the vanquished.
God’s people often face extreme circumstances. The king and people of Judah faced a malicious and murderous force, larger than they could defeat. Faced with more than he could handle, Jehoshaphat ran to The Temple and pled his case to God.
“The battle is not yours, but God’s.” As part of His victory, there will be spoils, goods and valuables taken from the defeated. Your part is to obey God’s Word to you. And pick through the remains of your enemies.
Too often, modern saints face circumstances we cannot defeat: The medical report. A court verdict. The broken relationship.
The battle is not yours, but God’s. You will have cleanup work after He is done. Be grateful, and humble, considering all you will gain.
God’s people are to be active and engaged in their own lives. Still, more often than we like to admit, that means standing patiently and obediently as God fights His battle for us. If you are truly one of God’s people, the threat against your existence makes it God’s battle.
Think: The battle is not mine, but God’s. I just have to clean up afterwards.
Pray: “Lord, help me to faithfully and patiently let You fight Your battles.”
Copyright © July 2019, Kirk Hunt
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