He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!”
2 Chronicles 20:15, 17 NLT (emphasis added)
One way we add stress to our lives is by trying to handle what only God can handle. I am guilty of this myself, even to this day, but I am getting better. I think unless you’ve had a strong upbringing in the Lord, people typically operate by using Him as a last resort. We tend to try to figure things out ourselves first and then if what we planned doesn’t work, then we turn to God. What we need to realize is that we need to go to God FIRST and let Him direct us on the path we should take (see Proverbs 3:5-6). When we get involved, we cause more mess and then it becomes a vicious cycle which usually ends with God getting the blame at the end. It’s funny how we blame God for something that he had absolutely nothing to do with (both the problem and the solutions that we cooked up on our own).
Second Chronicles 20 tells the story of King Jehoshaphat who was about to get attacked by three different armies. The first thing he did after he got the terrible news was ask the Lord what to do (see 2 Chronicles 20:3) and then he called for a fast. In that time of seeking the Lord, he received his directions and a comforting Word…the battle is God’s and you won’t even need to fight. So many times we feel that we are alone in this life, and if we don’t do something, nothing will get done. This is not God’s will for our lives. If you haven’t figured it out yet, when you get involved with your problems, they get worse. We look for quick fixes when God wants a permanent solution, but only His wisdom, guidance, and supernatural power can give you that. I think we believe that when we pray, God is shocked by what is happening to us. God knows the end from the beginning, and all of our days are already written out (see Psalms 139:16). God is not surprised by you or your situation. He already has the answer ready for you if you will seek Him first (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). That’s why the scripture says stand still, take your position, and see the Lord’s victory. When you know that God is in control, you just sit back and watch Him work it out. You have peace and you dwell in His rest. You realize that if anything is going to get done, God has to be the one to do it. Now I don’t mean that you just sit idly by and do nothing. You are to stay busy spiritually by praying, praising, worshiping God and seeking His face and doing what He and the Word tell you to do. You do what you can do, and God will do what you cannot do. If you’re unsure how to go about this new way of handling stress, follow the steps below.
Living a Stress-Free Life:
- On the onset, pray to God about the situation and ask for wisdom and guidance on what you should do
- Be still long enough (this may take minutes, days, hours, weeks, months, or even years) to hear what directions He has for you to take
- Continually pray and seek God’s face until you get a breakthrough
- Praise and worship in the midst of the situation
- Stand still, take your position, and watch the Lord work on your behalf
I’ve personally adopted this method and I can’t tell you how much peace I have when problems arise. I can’t do anything but make them worse, so if God wants to handle it, I have no problem giving it to Him.
If you want to lessen the stress in your life, stop fighting battles that weren’t meant for you to fight. God is your Father and He will take care of you if you let Him. Get out of the way, stand still, take your position, and watch the Lord fight for you! I don’t know about you, but that’s a fight I wouldn’t mind sitting on the sidelines watching. The outcome is always victory.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (Psalms 46:10 emphasis added)
*I have written a blog titled “Confuse the Enemy” in the August 2015 archives. It discusses how in the middle of trial, the best thing that you can do to help yourself is to praise God. Click for the blog https://latoyajyadon.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/confuse-the-enemy/