In Christ; abundant life! John 10:10b

Position Yourself

by Marilyn Roberts

Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel were preparing for battle in 2 Chronicles 20. A portion of the 17th verse leaped off the page in my morning devotions. … Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you…” (NKJV)

This is one of my favorite Old Testament stories. I have enjoyed reading this chapter many times and have even written about the victory the Lord gave to Jehoshaphat and the children of  Israel. However, this particular morning, this portion of the 17th verse played over and over again in my mind. … Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you…”  

In the game of football, a quarterback must set his feet to throw the ball accurately to his receiver. The same is true in other sports. Athletes set their feet in a stance of some kind to achieve the position that allows them to receive the maximum accomplishment.  When they fail to do so, the opportunity to receive that potential is missed.

There comes a time in our faith walk where we have to “Position Ourselves.”  If we fail to do so, we will miss the opportunity God has made for our deliverance.

During a service, the Word of the Lord came to my husband about a particular matter. When he heard the Lord speaking, he asked, “What are the instructions?” The Lord answered, “My Word is the instruction.” In short, say or do what I’m telling you. My Word concerning that is all the instruction you need.

Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)

Earlier in 2 Chronicles 20, the scripture says that Jehoshaphat “set himself to seek the Lord” (verse 3) In other words, he “positioned himself” on purpose to seek the Lord for the answer to Israel’s dilemma.

… Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you…”  

If you have ever been a parent of a toddler or had the privilege of babysitting a toddler, you are well aware of the energy they have. We use to say, “if you could bottle it, you could make a lot of money!” They seem never to keep still. When they are in that activity mode, it is difficult for you to do anything for them. So what words come out of your mouth? “Be still!”

Our heavenly Father is the ultimate parent. Our tendency to move on our own, to take matters in our own hands, prompts Him to remind us to be still. For an athlete to set his feet, he has to maintain his stance for however long the situation requires. We too must learn to be still for however long the Lord requires of us!

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)This directive from God is probably one of the hardest to do. The problem is not in moving but that we often move without or before we receive a clear direction from the Lord. We do what seems right to us. Remember the scripture from Psalms above. His Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Getting instructions or direction from the Lord is the key, and you can’t do that without being still long enough to hear from Him. In this 20th chapter of 2 Chronicles, Israel received direction from the Lord before they moved into action. Following God’s instructions led them to victory.

“Position yourself, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord ….When we position ourselves by getting in place to receive, when we stand still long enough to hear direction, we will see the salvation of the Lord!

The children of Israel had a promise which Jehoshaphat quoted in his prayer. If disaster comes upon us–sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine–we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.” 2 Chronicles 20:9 (NKJV)

We have this same promise! There are too many scriptures to write here. Take a few moments and search the scriptures on the promises of God to save and deliver. You’ll find a lot of them in the Psalms. Here are a few of my favorites. Psalm 34: 19, Isaiah 54:17, Psalm 91, 2 Timothy 4:18.

The term salvation refers to deliverance from danger, ruin, destruction or sin and into wholeness and safety. (Holy Bible, New American Standard) Wholeness: being complete with nothing missing or broken. Colossians 2:10 (NKJV) “and you are complete in Him…”

No matter what we are facing, we will see the salvation of the Lord, see the deliverance from His hand and the wholeness He promises when we position ourselves and stand still!

… Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you…”  

God is with us! God is with you! He promised never to leave or forsake us! (Deuteronomy 31: 6,8, Joshua 1:5,Hebrews 13:5) How comforting it is to know that we are never alone. We simply have to call, and He will be there! (Romans 10:13)

I want to leave you with this final word. I’m reminded of the Word of the Lord that came to Hannah from the priest Eli in the 1st chapter of 1st Samuel. If you read the entire chapter, you know how depressed and distraught Hannah was because she was unable to conceive. The constant aggravation she received because she was childless caused her to feel overwhelmingly hopeless. But things changed once she received a Word from the Lord. 1st Samuel 1:17 & 18:  Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.  And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.(NKJV)

No matter how hopeless things may seem, no matter how insurmountable they appear and no matter how long you have been in your situation, allow the Lord to be the Glory and the Lifter of your head! (Psalms 3) I say with an unction and anointing from the Holy Spirit of God, “Arise, encourage yourself in the Lord, change your countenance, position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you!”