It seems that the Church has always been under the premise that God needs, or is pleased, with His children fighting battle, spiritually, and as a result of life trials and tests. But nothing could be further from the truth. God’s plan was never that we fight and win battles, or that we engage in warfare with life’s adversary, Satan. His plan was for His children to enter into rest (even as it was for ancient Israel).
Exodus 14:9-14 KJV “But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea… the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. (13) And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. (14) The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
Deuteronomy 1:30 KJV The LORD your God which goes before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;
Deuteronomy 3:22 KJV Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.
Deuteronomy 20:2-4 KJV And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, (3) And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; (4) For the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
2 Chronicles 20:15-27 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. (22) And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. (23) For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. (24) And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. (25) And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
Dr. Don G. Pickney exposes the biblical fact that God never formed an army for Israel or approved of one being formed, in fact just the opposite, when Israel finally demanded to have their own king, and develop their own army, God showed His displeasure by having the Prophet Samuel to purposefully call for a hail storm to destroy Israel's annual wheat harvest. God's consistent promise over and over again to Israel was, "You will not need to fight. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace."
Remember, it was never God’s plan for the nation of Israel to have a king or hierarchical government, or to ever go to war, or have to fight even one battle. But Israel insisted that they wanted to be like other nations and fight their own battles:
1 Samuel 8:19-20 GNB The people paid no attention to Samuel, but said, "No! We want a king, (20) so that we will be like other nations, with our own king to rule us and to lead us out to war and to fight our battles."
To show God’s displeasure, Samuel called for a great rain and hail storm to destroy the crops of Israel the evening that he granted them their king and formation of their own army. You might ask, “Why?” The answer is important because it pertains to us as God’s family, the Church, today. Before God ever created mankind, and began the formation of His people, and eventually His children, He created an army of innumerable angels to fight our battle for us. You will not need to fight!