But more than not care. They defend. They lash out in anger...in hatred.
And I feel helpless. How do I respond? What kind of difference can I make when hearts are so hardened?
And I came across this passage in 2 Chronicles 20: 15-17. It felt like it was meant for me in this situation....
"He said Listen King Jehosophat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem. This is what the Lord says to you.
'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow march down against them.
They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel.
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you O Judah & Jerusalem.
Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you."
Jehosophat and his people responded with praise. The day of the battle they sang and praised God. And as they did, God began to defeat the enemy causing confusion among them so that they destroyed each other. King Jehosophat's army never had to fight.
"The fear of God came among all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. And the kingdom of Jehosophat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side."
God fought the battle. And, God received His glory.
The battle is not yours. It is the Lord's. Do not feel compelled to do what I have not asked you to do. Do only what I ask. And I am asking you to pray.
So stand firm. Pray. Praise Him. The battle is His!