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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Crying out to God in the Battle (1 Chronicles 5)

The armies of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh had 144,760 soldiers with great instinct and skill. How tempting do you think it is when you are strong and have natural skills in an area to rely on yourself rather than seek God and trust in Him?

In spite of their great number and skills, 1 Chronicles 5 tells us when the armies of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh went to battle against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab, these other tribes were "delivered into their hands" because "they cried out to God in the battle."

1 Chronicles 5:20 They cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.

Because Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh submitted to God and relied on Him rather than in their own strength, God "heeded their prayer" and gave them victory.

It's really easy to trust in ourselves in the areas God gives us talents. But those talents are meant to be used to glorify God under His direction rather than replace our dependence on Him.

When we trust in our abilities, intelligence, and strength, we open the door for pride to take a foothold.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty (arrogant) spirit before a fall.

Dear Lord, Let me remember to cry out to You in every battle and every circumstance, whether I feel weak or strong, capable or incapable, wise or clueless. Let me seek You and obey You in every situation so that I am focused on glorifying You, not myself.

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