King Solomon's grandson, Abijah, became King over Judah. King Abijah did evil in the eyes of God, as 1 Kings 15 tells us, but he redeemed himself in a civil war that he had with Israel (Northern Kingdom).
This particular civil war was a testament of what God can do in winning our battles for us when we look up to Him. King Abijah had assembled his 400,000 men from Judah against King Jeroboam's massive 800,000 mighty men of valor. The odds of winning was obviously against Abijah; it's a 2 to 1 ratio, and yet God won that war for Judah. King Jeroboam escaped and eventually died. Sadly, 500,000 sons of Israel fell in this battle.
Abijah's statements that God was on their side both prophetically and practically was the turning point in this war. When we look to God for help in any of our life battles, God will fight our battles and win them for us. The mistake that people often do is to go for help everywhere and seek so-called "experts" everytime, and never ask God for help through prayer and reading of His Word.
When Abijah and his men were surrounded on two fronts, one in front of them and one behind them, the only way to win was to look upward to their God. No matter what you have been through or what you will go through, always remember that if you are on the Lord's side, victory is yours!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being with us in times of joy and in times of sorrow. You understand everything that we go through and you are always there with us. Like Abijah, help us to witness and proclaim the goodnews to those that we come in contact with. Take away our fears of sharing your love to others and empower us with your Holy Spirit!