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An Unexpected Victory

“You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”   – 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NAS)

When the final round of the 2013 British open began, Phil Mickelson was tied for 5th behind 20 other players.  No one considered him to be a serious contender, since he had never been able to pull off a win at golf’s oldest championship. All of the commentators were talking about other players being able to win the championship but not Mickelson.  As tends to happen in golf, one player after the next saw his game crumble, and Mickelson started to gain some ground on the leaderboard. At one point, the announcer exclaimed, “Mickelson is going to win by standing still.” By the end of the day, Mickelson walked away with his first British Open victory.  His excellent play coupled with the other players’ poor performance resulted in a win.

As I watched the final round of the game, I thought about the announcer’s words: “Mickelson is going to win by standing still.” It’s interesting to see how many times in history God brought about a victory in the face of impossible circumstances. He even gave specific instruction to the people of Israel on a couple occasions when they were facing an opponent to stand still and watch his deliverance. The circumstances around each battle were different, but the outcome was consistent. The resulting victory revealed the greatness of God – in other words brought him glory – and also caused the people to be drawn into relationship with their great I AM.

In today’s world, we don’t usually find ourselves in military conflicts, but we certainly face our share of spiritual battles. Whether we find ourselves in a hopeless financial situation or are struggling to recover a relationship that’s been utterly destroyed, I believe the principle still applies today as it did thousands of years ago.  God desires to reveal his glory in our lives, and he desires relationship with us. As we acknowledge our dependence on him and stop our attempts to correct our problems in on our own strength, we are in essence giving God room to work in our lives. He certainly doesn’t need our permission, but something special happens when we embrace the truth of our utter dependence on him.

Will every situation be resolved with a miraculous ending?  Not necessarily. But we will certainly see him glorified in and through our lives.  And we will also enjoy a richer, deeper relationship with him, as we share in the sufferings of Christ and experience his life flowing through us.

Donna Downs

About the Author

Donna started working with the Lifetime board and staff in the fall of 2010 as they were redefining the mission and vision for the ministry. In May 2011, Donna assumed a permanent role and joined the Lifetime team as Executive Director. In this role, Donna provides leadership and direction for the team as they execute the vision that God has given for Lifetime.