Perhaps when I decided in one of my more whimsical moments to title this segment No-Nonsense Non Fiction I had Joyce Meyer in my head, because there are certainly few more straight to the point-no nonsense type people in the world than her. Perhaps that’s why I like her work so much. She just tells it like it is. When comes to the battles we face in life, be it major struggles like illness or day to day drudgeries, I think “telling it like it is” is the best solution.
The Battle Belongs to the Lord. In its essence, it sounds like a spiritual saying. This quote from the Bible is one we can have a tendency to use blithely when situations get tough, but does what does it really mean? Where does it really come from?
The story of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles is the beginning of this small but powerful book, and the primary location of the call of “The battle belongs to the Lord.” Jehoshaphat was certainly faced with a problem greater than most of us will ever face. After all, few of us will ever stare down a vast army intending on annihilating every one we know. Jehoshaphat’s response was a simple one. He sought the Lord. But that’s not the end of the story. No, he doesn’t just sit back after that and wait to see what happens. He doesn’t rush out into battle, expecting the Lord to make his sword more effective. Instead, he does exactly what God tells him to do.
Yes, God’s instructions to defeat this mighty army was simply to sing praises to His name, then watch their enemies fall. So, how does this translate to our situation today?
The Battle Belongs to the Lord is, in its essence, a study on turning to God in our troubles, not with constant prayers for help, but with worship. It seems like a simple enough idea, but after reading this book I felt I had a better grasp of the concept, to the point where I actually found myself applying it daily. But then that’s the beauty of so many of Joyce’s books. They are practical and you can see how they fit into your daily routines.
I can honestly say now that I can tell the difference between the times when, in a situation, I just sat there and prayed for help and focused on the problem and the times when I focused my attention on God and His goodness. The difference is the level of PEACE I have!
Of course, I’m over simplifying this book. There is so much more to be said that is best said by the book itself. The only thing I think I can truly add is this is one book that has left a life-changing mark on my life.
Is there a book you feel changed your life?