Posted by Steve on September 2nd, 2008 — Posted in Uncategorized

The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service—able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle. They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab. 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. They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive, and many others fell slain, because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.  1 Chronicles 5:18-26 [emphasis added]

What a great lesson in doing battle God’s way! God helped the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh because they trusted Him, and because they cried out to Him. They engaged in battle–they were active, not passive. And they trusted God.

It’s interesting to think about when it was that “trust” was reckoned to them. Did God reckon trust to them when they prayed? Or did He reckon trust to them when they entered into battle in faith?

I’m sitting in a chair right now. I trust the chair to hold me. It’s probably fair to say that I’m trusting the chair in a way that a person who’s just looking at the chair and thinking about the chair’s trustworthiness is not. In the same way, those who are engaged in battle will trust the Lord in ways that an onlooker does not. This passage speaks victory won through an active, engaged life of faith.