You may be familiar with the modern worship hit depicting God fighting our battles for us while we, his people, posture ourselves with an attitude of worship.
Makes sense right?
We’re faced with a battle and God tells us, “Hey, instead of fighting back,
No matter how counter-cultural that may sound, it’s exactly what happened in 2 Chronicles Chapter 20.
Jehoshaphat had become King and the Bible said that he sought the God of his father and walked according to his commandments.
And after some time, the people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast number from beyond the Dead Sea and from Edom has come to fight against you; they are already in Hazazon-Tamar.” 2 Chronicles 20:2
The Bible said that Jehoshaphat was afraid and that he resolved to seek the Lord.
There will be times in your journey with God where you will be faced with battles even when you are doing all of the right things. Those battles are the hardest! Jehoshaphat was seeking God with all of his heart and walking according to his commands yet the enemy was trying to destroy him.
Have you ever faced a battle like that? If so, there is hope displayed for us through Jehoshaphat’s example:
Jehoshaphat had two choices:
He could have taken matters into his own hands.
He could welcome God to fight his battle for him. Aren’t you glad Jehoshaphat chose the latter? Although this took an enormous amount of self-control, in the end, he came out victorious! It’s always right to trust God with your battles.
Even when it doesn’t make sense!
Be still, & worship Him!
Declaring our dependence upon God always seems to gain His attention! Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.
Jehoshaphat declared these words to God, “We are powerless before this vast number that comes to fight against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to you.”
2 Chronicles 20:12
I love what the Lord said back to Jehoshaphat,
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast number, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you.”
The story unfolds further by Jehoshaphat appointing some of the people to sing for the Lord and some to praise the splendor of his holiness. And the Bible said that at the moment they began their shouts and praises, the Lord set an ambush against the Ammonites, Moabites, and the inhabitants of Mount Seir who came to fight against Judah, and they were defeated. 2 Chronicles 20:22
That’s beautiful! In the midst of chaos, God taught Jehoshaphat and his people how to enter into His peace. The peace of God’s presence has the ability to silence our enemies. Not only did God enable Jehoshaphat to rejoice over his enemies, He gave Jehoshaphat’s kingdom peace and rest on every side.
Whatever you’re facing right now, place your trust in God. Make a decision to worship God in the midst of your situation. He knows how to handle every battle you may face. And it’s so much better His way!
Defend the Orphan,
Mike and Mandy Reiszner
Posted on Tue, October 30, 2018
by Jennifer Houghton filed under