Have you ever faced a battle that was so big, you knew there was absolutely no way to win? Perhaps it was in court, or maybe a doctors report, a wayward child. I’ve faced all of these and although the battle was intense, I placed my trust in the Lord, did what He said to do and came out victorious. I’m not bragging, I’m stating a fact. The Word says that those who put their hope and trust in the Lord will not be ashamed nor will their enemies triumph over them.
In 2 Chronicles 20:1-30, King Jehoshaphat was faced with a battle he knew he couldn’t win. There were so many armies of his enemies rising against the nation of Judah and Jerusalem that the bible says he was afraid. That’s the first thing the enemy does to you, he brings fear. ‘What are we going to do? What’s going to happen to us?’ If we’re not careful, we’ll have our funeral planned and paid for before anything materializes.
But King Jehoshaphat did the right thing, he went to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast. He knew that focus needed to be on the spirit, not the flesh, so he got everyone involved in this fast. There are times when the attack is so severe, you have to get your family involved, call a fast and set apart time to seek the Lord together. And when they all gathered together, he prayed this before the Lord:
“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them—here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
Whatever you’re going through right now, I want you to read this prayer and put your name and your situation in it before the Lord. Remind Him of His great power and faithfulness. Expect to hear from Him and don’t leave until you do. See what happened next:
“Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord.
Ok, now worship the Lord! Sing songs to Him, bless His holy name. Dance before Him! Lift up your hands, give a shout of victory! Say the name of Jesus over and over. You will sense His presence rush in, because He always comes when invited.
If you read the remaining verses, you will find that they did indeed win the battle and didn’t even have to fight. God set ambushes up and their enemies destroyed each other. It took Israel 3 days to collect all the spoils. So not only did they stand still and allow God to fight the battle, God lavished them with riches in the process. They had peace for years because everyone was afraid to attack Israel because God was with them.
Father, I’m so thankful for victory in Jesus, my savior forever! Everything I need, You’ve provided. There is nothing too hard for You, nothing You are incapable of. My reasoning is silly compared to Your great wisdom. I trust in You and You alone. I rejoice in Your great love. You are well able to keep what I’ve committed to You. There will always be naysayers, but You always keep Your Word. You are my Rock and my Fortress and my soul finds rest in You. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory that we walk in victory. Amen!