2 Chronicles 20:15, 17 -- “LISTEN King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be discouraged because of this vast army.' For the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow march down against the enemy, take your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Don't be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”
Your help is on the way.
We have concluded that life has left some of us drained of energy, hope, zeal and vision. Troubled on all exposed sides with the enemy closing in for the kill,
But God had a plan.
We are often overwhelmed by the circumstances of our lives or the events that are happening around us. Almost without thought we follow a plan of action that, although it seems right to us, fails to acknowledge the power of God or His willingness to take action in our lives.
Yet in spite of the size of his own army Jehoshaphat is convinced that he is unable to defeat his enemies and so his first response is to consult God:
>He acknowledged that God possessed the power to help Judah out of her crisis and the willingness to use it
>He acknowledged that he depended on God for his deliverance and that he had faith that God would deliver them
God hears Jehoshaphat’s cry for help and sends word through the prophet Jahaziel that He will help:
2 Chronicles 20:14-17 – Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. 15 He said : "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’"
God honoured Jehoshaphat’s cry for help in spite of Jehoshaphat’s sin. Jehoshaphat did not have to become perfect before God would help him. He had made several alliances with Israel, already condemned to destruction for its idolatry, and was rebuked by God in each case.
They are not marching to fight them but to see the wonder that God would perform to save them. Although the army of Judah was marching no indication is given that they were preparing to do any more than praise God and be spectators of a battle they would take no part in. And God works a miracle:
2 Chronicles 20:22-24 – As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 24 When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.
In the aftermath of this great victory Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah strip their enemies of plunder and continue to praise God. So much was taken from the battlefield that three days went by before they were finished
Those who do not listen often end up in trouble. The kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom were suddenly surrounded with big trouble. They marched into the desert and ran out of water. Recall a time when you got into trouble by doing your own thing. How did you fail to listen to God. God’s People Listen and Win The nation of Moab was forced to provide Israel lambs and wool. One day the king of Moab said: “I’m not going to listen [cue] to Israel anymore. I’m keeping the lambs and wool.” King Joram [JOH ruhm] of Israel joined armies with King Jehoshaphat of Judah and the king of Edom to fight against Moab. King Joram said, “I will make Moab listen and obey.” After seven days of marching through the desert, the armies ran out of water. The sinful king of Israel panicked and asked, “Has God brought us here to be defeated by Moab?” But godly King Jehoshaphat asked: “Isn’t there a prophet here? We could listen to God’s message through such a man of God.” An officer recommended Elisha, and the three kings went to listen [cue] to this prophet of God. Elisha did not want to help the evil kings of Israel and Edom, but Elisha respected King Jehoshaphat because the king listened [cue] to God and obeyed God’s commands.
Elisha said, “Bring me a harpist.” As Elisha listened to the music, God revealed this message to him: “Dig many ditches in this valley. You will not see rain, but the Lord will fill the valley with water for you and your animals to drink. This is easy for the Lord. He also will give Moab to you.” The kings listened to God’s message, and their armies dug many ditches. The next morning the Lord filled the valley with water. From a distance, the sun shining on the water made it look red. The army of Moab thought the water was blood. They decided that the soldiers from the three different armies had killed each other. The Moabites marched out to take their camps. When the army of Moab came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites completely wiped them out and destroyed their land. God gave victory to those who listened to Him and obeyed.
Cover me high and cover me low
Cover my mind that the thoughts I think are pure and Holy before the Lord
Cover my mouth, so that the words of my mouth and mediations of my heart are acceptable.
Cover my heart against unwanted and unhealthy attachments.
Cover my feet, that when I go, the Lord will dispatch HIS ministering angels to guard and protect me in all my ways.
Cover me I'm going in and This Time I WIN.
Excerpt from my book "Junk In MY Trunk" Copyright 2009