“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17
The same God who sent these words to King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah and Jerusalem as they faithfully sought Him in the face of a vast army ahead of them, is still alive and active today; willing to faithfully fight for those who follow Him.
As yesterday concluded the school year with my students, I felt a sense of fear for the battles that many of them may face as they will be without the constant that school supplies. Meals provided, friends surrounding, and staff members that genuinely care about their well-being, will be absent through the summer months. Loneliness, fear, ridicule, and far more responsibility than a young person ought to have, will be before them. I even had one young lady ask if we had an extra room in our home…
These treasures need hope, protection, and provision, as they face the “giants” of summer. I have to trust that He will be faithful to fight the battles that each cannot fight on their own. He knows them each by name and has a plan and a purpose for their lives.
Though I can do little practically, I can lift them before the Lord daily, and trust that He will protect and provide for these treasures.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing You have provided me in having been a teacher to Your treasures. Father, You know the need of each child by name and I ask that You would be their Provider. May each have an encounter with You, and recognize that You are the ultimate resource for all our needs. Please protect and provide for each one, and keep depression and destruction far from them. Father, may Your Spirit surround them and provide Your peace. Thank You that the battle is not ours, but Yours. Please teach me how to pray for these treasures each day, and show me what I can do practically as well. Move the mountains before them, and grant them the strength to keep climbing where You are calling. Amen.