fell down many slain, because the war was of God.” — 1 Chronicles 5:22
Warrior, fighting under the banner of the
Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old
so is it now, if the war be of God the victory is sure. The sons of Reuben, and
the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh could barely muster five and forty
thousand fighting men, and yet in their war with the Hagarites, they slew
“men, an hundred thousand,” “for they cried to God in the
battle, and He was entreated of them, because they put their trust in
Him.” The Lord saveth not by many nor by few; it is ours to go forth in
Jehovah’s name if we be but a handful of men, for the Lord of Hosts is with us
for our Captain. They did not neglect buckler, and sword, and bow, neither did
they place their trust in these weapons; we must use all fitting means, but our
confidence must rest in the Lord alone, for He is the sword and the shield of
His people. The great reason of their extraordinary success lay in the fact
that “the war was of God.” Beloved, in fighting with sin without and
within, with error doctrinal or practical, with spiritual wickedness in high
places or low places, with devils and the devil’s allies, you are waging
Jehovah’s war, and unless He himself can be worsted, you need not fear defeat.
Quail not before superior numbers, shrink not from difficulties or
impossibilities, flinch not at wounds or death, smite with the two-edged sword
of the Spirit, and the slain shall lie in heaps. The battle is the Lord’s and
He will deliver His enemies into our hands. With steadfast foot, strong hand,
dauntless heart, and flaming zeal, rush to the conflict, and the hosts of evil
shall fly like chaff before the gale.
Stand up! stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song:
To him that overcometh,
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.