Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

He can … – Day 3

He can confuse your enemies’ plans

Bible text(s)

17You will not have to fight this battle. Just take up your positions and wait; you will see the LORD give you victory. People of Judah and Jerusalem, do not hesitate or be afraid. Go out to battle, and the LORD will be with you!”

1 Kgs 22.41–50

2 Chronicles 20:17GNBOpen in Bible reader

17But no weapon will be able to hurt you;

you will have an answer for all who accuse you.

I will defend my servants

and give them victory.”

The LORD has spoken.

Isaiah 54:17GNBOpen in Bible reader

7“The LORD will defeat your enemies when they attack you. They will attack from one direction, but they will run from you in all directions.

Lev 26.14–46

Deuteronomy 28:7GNBOpen in Bible reader

In a video clip I saw on the online newspaper, Telegraph, a pride of lions in the Mala Mala Game Reserve, in South Africa, circles around a buffalo. They are ready to tear the buffalo apart, when an unexpected fight breaks out between two lions. The result? All the lions get distracted, leaving the buffalo to run free.

The same happened in 2 Chronicles 20. Three armies were on their way to attack King Jehoshaphat and his army. Jehoshaphat knew they would not survive it. In fear, he called out a day of fasting and prayer for the nation to seek God’s help. In 2 Chronicles 20:17 we read the promise they got from God: “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”

With this promise, Jehoshaphat and his army walked into battle the next day. As they sang and prayed, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. Jehoshaphat and his army did not have to endure any attack.

In Isaiah 54:17 we read: “… no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” Also in Deuteronomy 28:7, we read: “The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you.”

Because God knows about each attack the enemy (visible or invisible) plans against you, He can protect us – and confuse the enemy’s plans. Instead of becoming fearful when it feels as if we are like the buffalo surrounded by a pride of lions, let’s call unto God, as Jehoshaphat and the people, trusting God for a breakthrough. Nothing is impossible for Him. God bless you.

Assignment: Think for a moment about an enemy (person or situation). Ask God to fill you with wisdom to deal with the situation.

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