DATE POSTED: Friday, 2023-03-17
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 2 Chronicles 20:15-17
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 15 “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem, and you, O king Jehoshaphat!” he exclaimed. “The Lord says, ‘Don’t be afraid! Don’t be paralyzed by this mighty army! For the battle is not yours, but God’s! 16 Tomorrow, go down and attack them! You will find them coming up the slopes of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not need to fight! Take your places; stand quietly and see the incredible rescue operation God will perform for you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem! Don’t be afraid or discouraged! Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!’”
OBSERVATION: It may seem like a daily thing for you to stop and question how on earth will you handle the intensity of your situation. For some, it may be your finances, or a sick relative, or a son or daughter facing imprisonment, or your job coming to an end. But the ongoing effect of these issues may force you to doubt your future. How will you possibly go on from here? King Jehoshaphat was a firm believer in the God who created this universe, but he was right in the middle of his people begging for God’s help when the battle seemed larger than himself. Join me for my full devotional as we look into this.
APPLICATION: I believe there comes a time when each of us will face overwhelming challenges, circumstances, or battles, that appear much bigger than anything we have handled in the past or could possibly handle now. What do we normally do, and to whom do we normally turn to, when these things occur. As a child, we turned to mom, dad or an older sibling. As we grew older, it may still be one of these, or it might be a good friend or a pastor or a counselor. Along the way we may be introduced to Jesus. Some accept Him as Lord, and they choose to seek His help in times of overwhelming challenges. However, some find respite in friends, alcohol, drugs, or prescription drugs given for various illnesses, particularly mental illness. In the latter case, some try to drown, or cover up the challenges, since they have no confidence in their ability to properly handle the irregular, yet challenging aspects of life. King Jehoshaphat was told of an unusually large army headed his way and he immediately got nervous about the ability to overcome the humongous challenge ahead of him. The king called together all of his fighting men, but not to strategize their counterattack, but to pray at the temple. Normally, when we are frightened or very upset over something we nervously go before God and get straight to the point. The king did otherwise, for he reflected on the awesome works of God and His immense goodness. Interestingly, God gave His response to a Levite in the midst of those praying. God reminded the king who was really in charge. Why worry about a counterattack that’s not really yours to worry about? God wanted the king and his people to know that He would handle the situation, since this battle was to challenge His authority. Friends, how often do we immediately cry ‘poor me’, or ‘why is everyone picking on me’? How often do we do like Jehoshaphat and make it a priority to consult with God first and humble ourselves before Him for His kindness in spite of our sin and wickedness? Another point of challenge for us in this story is – how often will we trust God at His word and just believe what He said? Do you suppose that your faith is strong enough in the Almighty that you would leave all your ammunition behind and just head out towards the oncoming army with full confidence that God would do what He said He would do? Will you stop your helpers from bringing their weapons or their medications or any other defenses, because You know for sure that it’s God’s battle you’re heading into and you will simply do what He tells you to do? That requires extreme faith, and confidence in our God, my friend. However, King Jehoshaphat and his army did it, and God was true to His word, just as He always is. There’s no need for us to assume God’s battles, He’s got this. We can relax and just ready ourselves for the victory chant – celebrate His Goodness.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: The battle – you know, the thing that worries you most, is not yours, but God might be saying to You to truly trust Him to own it and take it on for the victory that only He could render.
PRAYER: Lord, so often we bring our concerns before You, then we sense Your response to reassure us of how You will assume our battles, but we keep hanging in there, worrying beyond anything we could handle, instead of surrendering the wheel of control to You. It boils down to lack of faith. Please forgive us Lord, for we are so human that we find it almost impossible to believe that You have the wheel and will do more than we could imagine or hope for. You are so much more powerful than us, but with just a small amount of faith, we could stand victorious knowing that You’ve got this. Please forgive us where we fail in this and help us to stand firm in all that You have promised to do for us. The unsaved are watching, so may our faith in the one true God show them why we feel it important to also know Him personally. AMEN!
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