THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD

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“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

No, this is not out of the Byrd’s 1965 hit. But the fact that it has inspired many a folk tune is testament to the timelessness of the teaching from this passage. In the natural, it speaks to us in times of doubt. When we look around and echo the words of the author of Ecclesiastes,

“In the place of judgment,
Wickedness was there;
And in the place of righteousness,
Iniquity was there.” Ecclesiastes 3:16

This knowledge that all these are but for a season, gives us hope that despite the trials and challenges that we face, Jesus is there with us and for us. For He tells us that,

“The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
For man also does not know his time:
Like fish taken in a cruel net,
Like birds caught in a snare,
So the sons of men are snared in an evil time,
When it falls suddenly upon them.” Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

Indeed, man is but a created vessel. Even the strongest and wisest of us know not what is to come, or why things are. Instead, we should put our trust in the Lord, in our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus, for the battle belongs to the Lord.

Beloved child of God, know that when trials come, when challenges befall us, when doubt creeps into our minds, we who are redeemed can stand firm, knowing that Jesus is by our side and speak to our trials the words that David used against the Philistine Giant, Goliath.

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”” 1 Samuel 17:45-47

Jesus is always there to protect you. His hand is always upon you, covering you. He may not work in ways that the world expects, but certainly His protection is upon you and you will see it, just like David did. For later in life, David says in the Psalms,

“You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5

And God Himself has said,

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:9-10

The trials that you are going through are not the result of your sins nor is God punishing you. Instead, His kindness and peace He gives to you and they can never be removed from you.

Beloved, God is no longer angry with you because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. He has borne ours sins and our shame and made us righteous before God.

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

And because of this, you who are afflicted can claim this promise.

“O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
Your gates of crystal,
And all your walls of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.” Isaiah 54:11-15

Jesus is laying your foundation with sapphires, your pinnacles with rubies right now. And though you may be staring oppression in the face, you shall be far from it and whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. For,

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17

Beloved child of God, Jesus has set things right and because He has set things right for us between God and us, we can have the confidence that,

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor — it is the gift of God.
I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.” Ecclesiastes 3:11-14

So rejoice in all that you have today, for indeed they are the gifts of God. And know that at the end of the season of trials, He has made everything beautiful. And also know that while you are going through your trials, Jesus is right there with you loving you and protecting you, for you are righteous in His sight.

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