2 Chronicles 20:11 to 15
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
This passage from the bible is one of God’s promises that most of us Christians hold on to. Especially if you have been fighting for what is due you in terms of compensation and employment. Fighting for truth to come out and justice not just for myself but for everyone. I cannot stand not doing anything about unfair practices, greed, and corruption. My spirit cannot conform nor allow me to be still. When trouble began because of this, there was peace that no one could fathom. I know that I have the Father who will back me up on this.
I have been holding on to the promise with faith unwavering. Praying fervently about it. Yet I feel that God’s response to my pleading is too far. Being a worshiper, gratitude and praise were ever present from my lips. However, God seemed so awfully quite. Now I am surrounded with uncertainty. Should I give up?
When it came to the point that I felt that many were interested to find out the outcome of my battle. Many will feel victorious, if I come out victorious. If I loose, it is just my lost. It was adding to my mental and emotional anguish. I was loosing my concept of God. My struggles were becoming bigger than my God. Until God sent a messenger. She shared about positivity and lead me back to my first love. Which was to be in the ministry of God. To work in His vineyard. She shared her insight on how to protect my earnings and put them into good use. eventually she started sharing with me her books on God’s plan of abundance, and that prosperity is for me as part of God’s great design.
One day, while reading a book by John Maxwell, reflecting every time I encounter some passages familiar to me and praying. . . . I heard that still voice reminding me, “are you not Jeremiah 29:11? You have been using this promise I gave you in everything that you do. (it is even my signature here in wordpress that I created since May of 2011 and just revisited lately) then the voice continued “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future”
It may seem like a tail spin. Never ending battle, but one thing I came to realize, God was preparing me to be ready when He will grant me the justice that I have been long after for. You may want to know why, because together with justice, victory, prosperity is also in the list that God wants me to have. I am more equipped now to manage and steward His riches. I am more capable now to multiple whatever He may give me so when He comes back, I will show Him that the riches He entrusted to me to steward will be doubled. Just like the parable below:
Matthew 25:14-30English Standard Version (ESV)
The Parable of the Talents
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
After learning what I could on stewardship and that I am to make use of the riches our Father will bestow, in spreading of His gospel of love and redemption; I am ready now receive the victory. You may ask me, was it worth the fight? Yes it was, I did not just win a battle for me but also for my co-workers. Was it worth the wait? Most definitely yes, because I learned the art of trusting God fully amidst uncertainty and most importantly, I found what God wanted me to become.