They were helped in fighting them, and God handed the Hagrites and all their allies over to them, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him. 1 Chronicles 5:20
Sometimes God entrusts us with a battle but He never expects or asks us to fight it alone.
Saul was given a battle to fight and somewhere in the middle of it all his eyes were taken off the One he was doing battle for. 1 Samuel 15:12 even says he set up a monument in his own honor. His thinking had become so clouded that he was truly able to rationalize what he was doing! When Samuel confronts Saul, Samuel says to obey the voice of the Lord is better… than all our own logical ways we rationalize so well. Saul confesses in verse 24 I was afraid of the people so I gave in to them. Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. If we feel like we are in a battle right now, who are we fighting for/with?!
Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few. 1 Sam. 14:6 It’s not about the situation or circumstances of your battle – it is about Who you are crying out to in the middle of it all, Who you are praying to, entrusting the battle back into the hands of the One who can do more than we ever could think, ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). If He has entrusted you with a battle to bring Him glory, it is His to fight through you; you are fighting from victory not for it; remember the cross (John 3:16)! 1 Chronicles 5:20 gives a picture of a group of people going to battle numbering about 44,760 (vs. 18) and verses 21-22 tells us among MANY other things they were able to take one hundred thousand people captive because the battle was God’s! Nothing is too hard for our God!
Today Lord I want to cry out to You in prayer throughout the battles You have entrusted me with. To keep my eyes fixed on You, to remember where my strength comes from and to Whom belongs all the glory for the victory already won! Help me to trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all my ways I submit to You, Your perfect will, and I know You will make my paths straight (Prov. 3:5-6)! Praise You Jesus and Amen.
Independent Read: Psalm 144:1