II Chronicles 20 — When we don’t know what to do

Sometimes we bring problems upon ourselves.  Other times, problems come searching for us.  And in this case, problems came searching for Jehoshaphat.

Three peoples banded together into a huge army to attack Judah.  Judah was hopelessly outnumbered.  There seemed to be no hope, and Jehoshaphat had no idea what to do.  What do we do in that kind of situation?  I think the answer is found in verse 3.

Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord.

Jehoshaphat knew he had no answers, and so he sought the Lord for answers proclaiming a fast for all of Judah.

All the people came together to pray, and Jehoshaphat led them in a powerful prayer.  And as he closed, he admitted humbly,

We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. (12)

And then, everyone stood quietly before the Lord, waiting for a reply.

Suddenly, the Spirit of God came upon one of the Levites and he spoke words of encouragement.  What did he say?

1.  Don’t be afraid.  Don’t be discouraged.

2.  This battle is not yours, but the Lord’s.

3.  March down, take your positions, stand firm, and face this army.

4.  The Lord will be with you.  He will deliver you.

So early the next morning, they set out to face this vast army.  As they did, Jehoshaphat said,

Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful. (20)

Then Jehoshaphat came up with a unique battle plan.  Instead of putting soldiers out in front, he put in…singers.  The singers went out, leading the army and praising God singing,

Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.  (21)

What happened?  God caused confusion in the enemy camp, and they started destroying each other.  The Israelites didn’t have to fight at all; the enemy did all the work for them until not a man was left standing.  All the Israelites had to do was take all the plunder, and after they did, they returned to Jerusalem rejoicing.  And when all the nations around heard what had happened, the fear of God came upon them, and Jehoshaphat had peace on every side.

What can we learn from this?  When problems come, don’t panic.  Don’t worry.  Don’t fret.  Rather, determine in your heart to seek God.  Lay out your burdens before him.  Then, go out and face your problems, knowing that you’re not alone.  Stand in your faith.  Trust in his word.  And worship him, remembering his goodness and love.

It’s so easy to say, “God is good,” when things are going well.  But the question is do we really believe it?  When things are falling apart around us, do we really believe God is good and that he really loves us?

Jehoshaphat did, and he saw God’s deliverance.  And so will you.

Lord, I believe that you are good, even though my circumstances are not.  I believe that you love me, even though I can’t see my way past my problems.  Lord, I lay my burdens before you.  Help me to stand as I face these things.  And please bring victory in my situation.  I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on you.  In Jesus name, amen.

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About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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