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Know when to Hold ‘em
Dr. Randy White

"You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you." (2 Chronicles 20:17, NASB95)

Kenny Rogers wrote a song about life from the point of view of a gambler.  He said:

You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.

From the Christian point of view, we need to “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em” as well.  At times, God tells us to “Fight the good fight,” other times he says “You need not fight in this battle.”  To know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em, we need to have two resources.

First, we need to know our “Holy History!”  This is recorded for us in the Word of God.  In an approaching battle with Edom, King Jehoshaphat of Judah cried out to the Lord in fear.  He recalled how the Lord had promised the Land of Israel to Israel, but he also recalled how the Lord would not allow Israel to destroy the Edomites on their journey to the Promised Land because the Edomites were their relatives (descendents of Esau).  Combined, these two facts gave Jehoshaphat encouragement.  When you know what God has done and where He is going, it removes a great deal of fear!

Secondly, we need to know that we are spiritually where we need to be.  The King called the prophet Jahaziel who gave this victorious word, “You need not fight this battle…stand and see the salvation of the Lord!” 

As the “battle” began, the King’s armies began to shout songs of praise to the Lord.  The singers led the army, and the entire brigade sang, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His loving-kindness is everlasting” (2 Chronicles 20:21).  As they sang, they watched as the Edomites and their allies destroyed themselves.  The Israelites spent three days gathering the spoil!

Know your history and worship your God…it could be a life or death matter!

In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White

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