THE LORD’S SIDE Andy Hollifield 1-22-18
Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.”
Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? (14) And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
2 Kings 6:15-17 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? (16) And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. (17) And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
2 Chronicles 32:7-8 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: (8) With him is an arm of flesh but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
Psalms 124:1-2 [[A Song of degrees of David]] If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; (2) If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
There is something to be said for being on the Lord’s side. As long as we are on his side, we will have him on our side. When you turn away from him in disobedience to his will, he can no longer be on your side. We have to come to him in submission and obedience, not the other way around. Isaiah didn’t say, “Lord, how about you go or send somebody else?” No, he just submitted himself to the Lord and said “Here am I; send me.” Moses , in Exodus 32 knew enough to know that the Israelites weren’t interested in his side and were rebelling against him. But he knew that they needed to be on God’s side. Joshua knew enough about God to know that when the man with the sword said he was captain of the Lord’s host, that he wasn’t there to take sides but rather to take over. It would do us good and we would suffer far less heartache if we would just submit to the Lord. Joshua immediately submitted himself to the will of the Lord when he bowed himself to the earth and worshipped and then asked the captain for his instructions. If we would come to the Lord with an attitude of worship and submit ourselves to his service, God would not only instruct us and use us but that would also result in great blessings for us. We are pretty bad to be like the young servant of Elisha. Peter also had the same problem; they both had eye trouble. They both looked at the circumstances around them instead of the God they were serving. But what joy when the Lord opens our eyes to get a glimpse of what he has for us. I don’t find where that young servant worried anymore once he saw the reinforcements from heaven. We know that goodness and mercy are following us all the days of our life, not just on the good days. We also know that our Savior is leading us and our steps are ordered by the Lord and God said he will never leave us or forsake us. With reinforcements like that around us, why should we be dismayed?
I really like the scriptures in 2 Chronicles both in chapter 20 and also in chapter 32. In verse number 12 of chapter 20, we find the only successful battle plan for everything we face in life. We have to admit our weakness, “we have no might against this great company that cometh against us.” Then we have to confess our lack of wisdom; “neither know we what to do.” Then we just have to know who to watch and look to; “but our eyes are upon thee.” When our children come to us needing help or advice, doesn’t our heart break and melt for them and their situation? If we respond that way, how do you think the Lord feels about us? Surely when we come before his throne and subject ourselves to his authority, he will answer and put his grace on display in our lives. Did you notice in chapter 20, that you have a perfect outline from God for your deliverance? The first thing he tells them is that they aren’t going to have to fight. The outline says to “set yourselves, stand ye still, and see…” All we really have to do to be victorious in our lives is to show up ready to fight. If we do that, God will fight for us.
In 2 Chronicles 32, we find the same outline. It says to be strong, be very courageous, and not be afraid or dismayed. Why? Because the Lord our God is with us to fight our battles. Not only that but Hezekiah also told his people that they had the enemy outnumbered. He said they had the majority and had nothing to worry about. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost; what a majority! The other part I like is this: “And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah King of Judah.” Aren’t you glad that we can rest ourselves on the grace and word of an almighty God that cannot lie or fail?
In Psalms 124, David summed it up in just a few words when he said “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side…” That says it all doesn’t it? We can rest upon God and his word no matter what the situation that may arise in our life. He will fight our battles because he knows we are weak and unwise. Just think about all of this for a minute and let it sink in. Whatever the situation in your life, maybe you just need to do like Joshua and bow before the Lord and worship him and rest on his word. Let him fight for you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!