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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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The Battle Is Not Ours… But

2 Chronicles 20:15b – This is what the Lord says to you: "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's." (NIV)

Yes, it's true, it's God's battle, but there is a "but"! No, I am not trying to rewrite the Bible — but there is a "but"!

At our children's drama camp, the story was based on the Old Testament biblical book of Esther. Our particular version included a song called The battle is not ours. While Esther did not really want to do what she was asked to do, she also knew that she could not save her Jewish people by herself. Only God could do that.

That's where the "but" comes in: Yes, it was God's battle, but God's battle plan included Esther. While God could have saved His people without Esther, He wanted her to do her part, which included some really undesirable but very courageous tasks.

Similarly, when God asked Moses to go up against Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses was very reluctant and came up with all kinds of arguments as to why not. One of his excuses was that he did not feel eloquent enough in speaking for God, so God provided Moses with Aaron as spokesperson. God wanted Moses to do his part, no matter how difficult or scary. It took a number of confrontations with Pharaoh and ten plagues for Moses to accomplish what God wanted him to do.

Recently, I have had to face some situations resulting from hurtful actions and attitudes, which affected not only me, but others as well. At the time, I felt that I needed to confront the issues, but like Moses and Pharaoh, that only seemed to make matters worse. Often in such circumstances, we are advised to forgive and to "let go and let God", knowing that doing so will ease our pain, grant us peace, and help us to move on. I tried to do that, and found temporary peace, but as the situation kept recurring, I became confused about God's will, and started doubting both myself and God. Eventually, I asked God to spell it out, which He didn't do exactly, but He did lead me to confront the situation one more time. Because my own emotions and frustration had been getting in the way, He even provided an "Aaron" to help me clarify the overall picture. Forgive, yes, but not let go!

I am not trying to compare myself to Moses or Esther, but God doesn't always want us to let go, nor does He promise that doing His will is always easy. Why else would Paul tell us to "Put on the full armour of God"? (Ephesians 6:11a NIV)

Sometimes, God wants us to be like the biblical prophets, the apostles, and even Jesus, doing our part in His battle. It may also mean being hurt, alone, disliked, ignored, and even persecuted! We need to hang on to God and know that He will be with us, no matter how difficult things may seem. God will always love us — even if no one else does — and we will always have His support when we are doing His will. What more can we hope for or even ask for!

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to recognize Your will for us, to know when to let go and when not to. No matter how difficult and painful it may be, we know that You will work out all things — good or bad — for our good and Your glory. We thank You in and for all circumstances, and we praise Your holy name. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Jan Korvemaker <>
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

Thought for Today: God is stronger than our circumstances.

Verse for Today: Lamentations 5:21 – Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old. (NIV)

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Re: Jobs Needed posted on 9/20/2017
Back on June 6 I posted a request for my Son-in-law "J" and friend "D" to receive new jobs."D's" new job is a lot closer for him as well so it cuts down on the 6 hours of driving time. Thank-you prayer warriors and our precious Lord Jesus for his help. Amen.

update re form posted on 9/20/2017
Mark has received news that after all this time the doctor needs some answers before he will sign the form. He will be seeing doctor on 28th Sept. Please pray this matter will be ended and they will receive the money they so desperately need. Also pray his wife may get a new job. She physically cannot do this one but the management wants her to stay till they get a replacement. Father in Thy mercy look on your children. To You be all praise and Glory Amen

Update on "Desperate time" originally posted on 8/23/2017:
"My Daughter "J'" is in a desperate condition due to her marriage ending. She's..." (more)
Praise Report posted on 9/20/2017: Things are slowly working out between my Daughter and her Husband. He is now talking a bit about their issues. His Father was a physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive man who beat "J" to keep him from talking. "J" will need Counseling for his past and his drinking problem. At present he's trying to give some financial support for the children. This past weekend they were supposed to talk to the children to explain what's going to happen now. He's living with a friend but about twice a week he stays with the family. Your continued prayers would be greatly appreciated. God please help them. Amen.

Prayers needed for my youngest Daughter posted on 9/20/2017
My youngest Daughter "V" has been going through some rough times with her health and her two teenage daughters. She just phoned to tell me that she has three lumps in her breast that keep growing in size. Her Doctor is sending her to a specialist to determine if she needs surgery. These lumps are very painful and could become cancerous so she's afraid. Her husband "N's" back has gotten worse again. He has 6 herniated discs and has been suffering for many years. Your prayers for my beloved family would be greatly appreciated. God please help them in their time of need. Amen.

I'm in a lot of pain posted on 9/20/2017
Twelve weeks ago I sprained my back. The Doctor told me that the recovery time would be 4-6 weeks. The main muscle running down the left side of my back is still swollen and painful plus there's swelling in my lower spine area. At the time this all happened I also injured my neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. At this point I have to limit what I can do because of the agonizing pains. We are due to go on vacation in two weeks and I'm concerned about the state of my health especially with the 12 hour round trip ride in the car. Your prayers would be most welcome. Please God help me during this difficult time. Amen.

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