We Don’t Have to Know the “How”

I LOVE the story of the Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6.

Long story short, the king of Syria was trying to plot against Israel. Every time he’d compose a new plan, God would tell Elisha what was said, and Elisha would tell the king of Israel. The king of Syria (obviously frustrated because his plans were being foiled), sent an army in the middle of the night to seize Elisha.

Early the next morning when Elisha and his servant got up, the servant went out to find an entire army with horses and chariots surrounding the city that they’re in. Freaking out, he asked what they’re going to do. “Elisha replied, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are against us.’ Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So, the Lord opened the eyes of the servant and HE SAW, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha,” (2 Kings 6:16-17)

Y’ALL! God is fighting for us, and there is more going on that what we can see.

I was listening to a clip this morning with Abi Stumvoll, and in it, Abi mentioned that when the servant was standing there, he was probably wondering, “HOW? How are we going to do this? There is an entire army coming against us. How will we overcome?” The servant didn’t know it at the time, but he was already in the middle of God’s answer, and all he could see was the problem.

It’s not our job to know the “How.”

As Abi stated, if we look at the “How” for too long, hope deferred, discouragement, and defeat all sink in because we were never meant to carry the “How.”

If you have a “How” in your life, that is the breeding ground for the miraculous. You have to have a “How” to see God do the impossible.

Today, we can have confidence that God has the “How” taken care of!

(Video: We Weren’t Meant to Carry the “How” | Abi Stumvoll | Bethel Church

You Fight for Us

I was driving to church yesterday listening to Steffany Gretzinger’s version of “Defender.” In the song, she spontaneously sings out,

“You fight for us
Prince of Peace, you fight for us

You’re not struggling to hear me
So, I’m not striving to be heard
I am sure the One who made me
Is catching every word”

I love Steffany, and I’ve heard this song countless times, but I love this one prophetic line because I love the reminder of His strength in our weakness and that He fights for us.

He fights for YOU.

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DECLARE.

Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the earth!
– Psalm 46:10

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
He who keeps you will not sleep.”
– Psalm 121: 1-4

I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will NOT be shaken.
– Psalm 16:8

I have been young, and now am old, yet I have N E V E R seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
– Psalm 37: 25

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
– Psalm 40: 1-3

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P.S. Here’s the song link (https://youtu.be/MJ9cov1lk64)

 

KEEP GOING. KEEP BELIEVING//

“Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?” says the Lord; “shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?” says your God,” (Isaiah‬ ‭66:9‬, ESV)

‬”Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” GOD ’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel: “They’ll rebuild their ruined cities. They’ll plant vineyards and drink good wine. They’ll work their gardens and eat fresh vegetables. And I’ll plant them, plant them on their own land. They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.” GOD, your God, says so,” (Amos‬ ‭9:13-15‬, MSG‬‬)

“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours,” (Isaiah‬ ‭61:7,‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

stay in peace.

The temptation to exchange peace for worry can be real. Sometimes the reality of “peace that surpasses all understanding” is so contrary to our flesh that we feel like we’re not doing enough, or that peace isn’t normal in the midst of trying times. A lot of times, it’s not a question of whether or not God will come through, it’s a matter of “Exactly how long can I remain this calm throughout the rest of this process? 😂 Can I discipline myself to stay in this peace, and in the love of God?”

The answer is YES.
YES, you can.

Last night, I opened my Bible, and it fell to 2 Chronicles 20. It is a great reminder of God’s faithfulness when His children turn their faces to Him. If you’re battling with staying in peace, this is what the Lord has to say:

“Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde for the battle is not yours but God’s.”

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.”

“Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe His Words, and you will succeed.”

Praise before your breakthrough.
“And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against their enemies.”