Ever feel overwhelmed by the challenges you face in ministry? Jehoshaphat did.
(1)…the Moabites and the Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat. (3) Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord…
Faced with an overwhelming situation, Jehoshaphat turned to God.
(14) Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel…(15) He said: “Listen…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.’”
God responded with comfort and reassurance. He also reminded Jehoshaphat that the battle was God’s battle, not his. In other words, God told him to let go of his fear and his discouragement and allow God to do His work. Then God gave Jehoshaphat his marching orders.
(16) Tomorrow march down against them…(17) You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. (2Chronicles 20)
Turning to God and trusting Him fully allows us to “let go” of situations and people when we find ourselves overwhelmed. There is a limit to what God expects of us and the remainder of the work is in God’s court. After all, it is God that changes hearts and minds. It is God that saves. It is God that provides. It is God that wins battles.
When trouble comes remember the old adage “let go, let God”, because letting go is an Essential of Enduring Ministry.
Have you had to let go recently?
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