II Chronicles 20:17 ” 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 to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”

Very rarely will God take us completely out of the trial or battle we’re in…but why?  Wouldn’t a loving Heavenly Father want to deliver His children from all the ugliness – the disease, sickness, and death – of the world?   Yet so often we will find ourselves in the thick of a trial or battle and wonder why is God allowing this?  There’s a couple of reasons God has positioned us there.   I Samuel 12:16 says, “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes.”  In many places in the Bible, including this verse, God promises He will fight the battle for us. (Exodus 14:14, Deuteronomy 1:30, Nehemiah 4:20, I Samuel 17:47)  But He doesn’t want us to watch from the sidelines…He will take us into the middle of the battle, to stand still, and watch.  For it’s only from this unique vantage point that we’ll be able to experience and then understand what He’s doing.

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