God Will Fight For You
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 14
Sermon preached at Gospel Light Christian Church, Singapore
on 4 August 1996
Introduction: We are told repeatedly in the Bible that God fights for His people. In 2 Chronicles alone we find that God fought for His people in 2 Chronicles 13:15, 14:12, 20:29 and 32:8. Throughout Israel's history we find that God fought for His people (Exodus 14:14, Deuteronomy 1:30, 3:22, 20:4, Joshua 10:14, 42, 23:10 etc.). The birth of the nation of Israel begins with God fighting for Israel against Pharaoh by attacking them with ten plagues. In Israel's song of victory, Miriam says that "The LORD is a man of war" (Exodus 15:3).
Over and over again, God is called "the LORD of hosts," i.e. the LORD of armies of angels (1 Samuel 17:45, 2 Samuel 5:10, 6:2, 18, 7:26, 1 Kings 18:15, 19:1, 10, 1 Chronicles 11:9 etc.). It is a great pity that many Christians do not realize that "the LORD, the man of war, the LORD of hosts, will fight for us," and therefore they face their trials with great fear and hopelessness.
Preparations of God's people: King Asa made careful preparations against enemy attacks. He commanded his people to "build these cities, and make about [them] walls, and towers, gates, and bars, [while] the land [is] yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought [him], and he hath given us rest on every side…And Asa had an army [of men] that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand:…"(v.7, 8). Like King Asa, we must do our best to protect ourselves from sin, sickness, problems, death etc. However, our best preparations cannot keep trials away from our lives.
Trials of God's people: Though King Asa was a very godly king (v.1-5) and had done his best to prevent an enemy attack upon his country, Israel was attacked by one of the largest armies ever assembled in history - "an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots" (v.9). God has never promised us that we will be free from trials. On the contrary, He has warned us that we will often be "tried with fire" (1 Peter 1:7). "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you" (1 Peter 4:12).
Confidence of God's people: Though the Ethiopian army was twice as large as his army (v.8), King Asa confidently went forth to meet the enemy (v.10). His confidence was not in his army but in his God - the One whom he knew would fight for him. He confidently prayed, "O LORD our God; for we rest on thee" (v.12). He was confident because he was sure that God was "his God", also Israel's God (v.12) and that he served God ("in thy name we go against this multitude"), and his battles were really God's battles ("let no man prevail against thee").
We too can face all our trials confidently if we know that God is our God, and we live to glorify Him, and that we are identified with Him. King Asa lifted his eyes off the huge Ethiopian army and his own inadequate army but up unto his God - the God who is able to fight for "them that have no power" (v.12).
Duty of God's people: Though King Asa had full confidence in God, he did what was in his hands to do. He chose the most suitable place to fight against the larger army - a narrow valley (v.10), which would negate the advantage of the larger Ethiopian army. He also carefully arranged his army for battle (i.e. "set the battle in array," v.10). We must pray as if everything depended on prayer and work as if everything depended on work. The prayer of faith does not supersede our responsibility to do our best.
Victory of God's people: Though King Asa was confident that God would fight for him, yet his faith was imperfect and he must have been anxious as he went to face the enemy. But through all his anxieties, he caught a glimpse with his "eyes of faith" of the LORD of hosts by their side with His mighty hosts of angels. He "saw" the angels fighting for them, as they put fear in the Ethiopians' hearts, confusion in their minds, weakness in their limbs, foolishness in their leaders, inaccuracy in their shots, etc. He "saw" God giving his soldiers courage, wisdom, strength, accuracy, etc.
Though it was King Asa's army who did the fighting, the Bible says that it was "the LORD that smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah," (v.12) and "they were destroyed before the LORD" (v.13). The extent of the victory ("the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves" v.13) was beyond King Asa's wildest dreams. They not only routed Ethiopians but were presented with a bonus of "exceeding with spoil" (v.14). We can expect this kind of superabundant victory when we trust that God will fight for us.