[2Ch 20:15, 17 KJV] 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle [is] not yours, but God’s. … 17 Ye shall not [need] to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye [still], and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD [will be] with you.
The Lord chooses the enemy. He chooses the battlefield. He chooses the timing. He has chosen everything and has left nothing to chance. He expects us to know His will and to do it, nothing more, nothing less.
I felt strongly in the Lord to run for public office in 2016. I fought with it for months before deciding to go for it. I consulted with my wife and others about whether it was the right thing to do. We all agreed. We still agree that it was the right thing to have done, even though we lost the election. When it is God’s will, you never lose.
This election season came around, and I had the same struggle as before. I was back and forth, up and down. I talked it over, over and over again, with my wife and others I trusted. I had more encouragement to go for it this time than I did before. But I never could find peace in running another race at this time. God chooses the battles, the enemy, the battlefield, and the timing.
This is not the battle to fight right now. I am discouraged at the state of our young people, of the church, and of our nation. There is a lot to be done. There is another battle to be fought right now.
This is not the enemy. Before David fought a giant, he fought a lion and a bear. Our enemy is not flesh and blood, but spiritual principalities, and powers, and darkness in high places. It isn’t the time to face a political opponent right now. There are enemies for each of us to face, so ask, “Lord, should I go up against this enemy now?”
This is not the battlefield. There are a number of skirmishes to be won. I can’t connect the role of being an elected representative to any of them right now. There are public and civic duties I know I must fulfill, but not as a politician.
That doesn’t mean there will not be a time for that. Timing is everything, and God knows His timing for each of us. Each seed sprouts in its own time, and I have no doubt about the seeds that have been sown as I have obeyed God each step of the way. They will have their time.
I remember a few years ago, at a time when I was discouraged, the Lord spoke to me as He did to Moses, and said, “What is in your hand?” What do you already have a hold on that you can use to get ahead, make a difference, use in ministry, fight a battle? It is still the question to be answered. It is time to take inventory and decide what do I have that can do the greatest good right now. Not just temporary good, but eternal good.