Have you ever just wanted to go out and have a good fight with someone?
Oh, I know that doesn’t sound very Christ-like, but if you are as human as I am then you’ve at least wanted to verbally give someone a “piece of your mind” at some point in your life.
In today’s reading King Jehoshaphat gave us some great pre-fight advice…
For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel. Then during the third year, King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to visit King Ahab of Israel. During the visit, the king of Israel said to his officials, “Do you realize that the town of Ramoth-gilead belongs to us? And yet we’ve done nothing to recapture it from the king of Aram!”
Then he turned to Jehoshaphat and asked, “Will you join me in battle to recover Ramoth-gilead?”
Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “Why, of course! You and I are as one. My troops are your troops, and my horses are your horses.” Then Jehoshaphat added, “But first let’s find out what the Lord says.”
we “found out what the Lord said” before we started our next fight. serious discussion, or heart-to-heart with our spouse, children, parents, in-laws, co-workers, neighbors, or enemies?
It might sound like this…
“God, I’m really mad at my _________ right now. I really want to hurt him/her as much as he/she’s hurt me. What do you think? Should I start a fight?”
Do you think God would ever say, “yes”?
There’s a time to get the “stuff” of life out on the table
there’s also a time to be silent.
So, if we only started fights when the Lord told us to
There would probably be
- Less fights
- More understanding
- More self-control
- More peace
- More people wanting to know Jesus because of our testimony…
What do you say?
From now on let’s ask our Heavenly Father’s permission to start a fight and if He says “no,” let’s say that sounds good to me Lord!
Heavenly Father, help us to go to You with our anger, frustration, and desire to fight. You alone know what we should do. Give us Your wisdom. Give us Your self-control. Help us to fight–only– when You say to go to battle!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28; 2 Chronicles 18:9-27; 1 Kings 22:29-35; 2 Chronicle 18:28-34; 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53; 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30