“ And Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord;” 2 Chronicles 20:3
“…Listen all Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 (spoken by the Spirit of the Lord through Jahaziel)
In reading these passages, I remember a song we sang in an Evangelical church I had attended in South Carolina, “The victory is ours, the battle’s the Lord’s, so lift up the banner of praise!” That’s what Chapter 20 of 2nd Chronicles is all about, God’s victory. What I don’t remember from the sermon is King Jehoshaphat, a king who did fear God, and turned his attention to seek the Lord when he was afraid.
Fear drives me to make poor decisions. It may be having a slow season of sales and the money not coming in to pay the bills, confusion as to a direction to take in business, or facing lifelong hurts that I’ve covered up leading to anxiety and torment driving me back into old habits of sinful comfort, the ones I’m ashamed of and need to seek forgiveness for.
Fear is a strong motivator; it tries my faith! How I respond to that fear, this battle, is to remember the battle is not mine but the Lords. My part is to follow the instructions Jehoshaphat gave to his people, “…put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and you will succeed.” (2 Chronicles 20:20)
Daily Battle Order:
In today’s culture there are a lot of things to be afraid of. What are the great multitudes you’re fearing today? Are you ready to turn your attention to the Lord? More importantly, for you and me, are we willing to put our trust in the Lord and be established?
Carry out Jehoshaphat’s command and put your trust in the Lord for the battle is not ours but God’s! Then begin singing and praising the Lord for the victory He will give you!
Fri, Apr 14
The Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga give us pivotal stories of battle that provide lessons for each of us as Kingdom men in our own battles today. Join us for great meals, campfire discussions and a day on the actual battlefields.