The sudden streak of independence that creeps into our lives is ever so sly. The enemy is no dummy and knows precisely where to hit. While the battle rages and our cries go out to God, the enemy’s tactics to coerce us into relying on our strength and take our focus off of God rises. Lest we begin to think that it is our cries and trust in the Lord that wins our battles, God’s Word brings us back to the truth.
The sons of Reuben and Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 warriors who could serve in the army—men who carried shield and sword, drew the bow, and were trained for war. They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodal. They received help against these enemies because they cried out to God in battle, and the Hagrites and all their allies were handed over to them. He granted their request because they trusted in Him. They captured the Hagrites’ livestock—50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys—as well as 100,000 people. Many of the Hagrites were killed because it was God’s battle. And they lived there in the Hagrites’ place until the exile. 1 Chronicles 5:18-22
At first glance, it appears the sons of Reuben and Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh won the battle based on two things.
1) They received help because they cried out to God in battle.
2) God granted their request because they trusted in Him.
While these statements are true, there is a greater reality. So often we come to God’s Word seeking a solution to our current problems or circumstances instead of seeking to understand the God who is over all things. In so doing, it is easy to come away from this particular passage with action steps of how to handle things in the midst of a battle and miss the true essence of why the battle was won. Yes, God heard their cry and yes, He showed them favor for trusting in Him, but the main reason was that it was God’s battle! It was never their battle nor is the battle ever ours.
We must remember this truth in our walk with the Lord. God wants us to cry out to Him, and He wants us to trust Him, but He also wants us to acknowledge that it is His battle, not ours. Our dependency on the Lord never ends. He is the one who fights for us. We must align ourselves with His will in all areas of our lives.
Father God, we give You praise. You delight in hearing our cries, and You delight when we place our trust in You. Lord, help us guard against the pride that so easily entangles us when we are in the midst of battle. We praise You for delivering us from the battles and ask that You continue to remind us, it is not our battle to fight, but Yours. We are Your workmanship and Your vessels. Use us as You see fit and may we rest in You alone as our hope comes from You. In Jesus name, Amen.