Do you ever have those days when you just think you can’t go on? Do you have days when the weights of life are pulling you down, and you just don’t know what to do or how to go on? Everything that could go wrong, is going wrong. Yep, I know exactly how you feel.
We all have these days from time to time. I was reading in 2 Chronicles 20 this morning about a man who felt the same way as you and I. His name is King Jehoshaphat. At the beginning of the chapter he is very perplexed about the army he has been told is coming against them. It wasn’t just any army, but a VAST army. They were on their way, so there was very little time to prepare for battle.
I’d say when he heard that an army twice the size of his was coming after he and his people, he was pretty alarmed! I know I would be shaking in my boots!
Yet as alarmed as King Jehoshaphat was, he stopped to inquire of the Lord. He didn’t run around shouting, and panicking. No he stopped to talk to God. This was the most important thing he could do with the news he had been given.
We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. 2 Chronicles 20:12
When Jehoshaphat didn’t know what to do, he knew the one who did. He called upon God for an answer to his need.
Then the Lord began to speak to them, and they listened!
Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you… Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all of the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord.
King Jehoshaphat did just as the Lord instructed. He trusted Him completely with this battle. I love that after God gave him the instruction and told him He would deliver them, Jehoshaphat fell down and worshiped Him.
He went ahead and claimed the victory before the battle was ever fought!
He placed the singers at the front of the army! I just love this!(especially since I sing) They went out to battle singing praises to the Lord. This is what they sang:
Give thanks to the Lord for His love endures forever.
While they were marching and praising they arrived at the place that overlooked the desert where this vast army was, but they only saw dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.
Well somebody say Glory!
I love this story. It reminds me that all I need to do is trust the Almighty God for deliverance. No matter the need, He is the answer!
It also reminds me that when we praise Him, when we are caught up in worshipping God, we forget about the anxiety we were feeling worrying over the battle.
What battle are you facing right now in your life?
Take your need, give it to the Lord and know He will fight for you. If it’s an addiction, He will break the chains that bind you. If it’s sickness, He will heal you. If it’s financial issues, He will come through. If you’re alone, abandoned and forsaken, He will walk with you. He is all you and I need in any battle we face.
All we have to do is simply trust Him, and keep our eyes on Him.
You see King Jehoshaphat called on the name of the Lord before He ever went into the battle. He didn’t wait and call on God as a last resort, no! He knew where to go first thing! Straight to God for the answer to the need!
Oh what a reminder for me today! I don’t need to worry and fret but take every need to my wonderful Lord first thing, lay it down at His feet, worship Him because He is worthy, and then get up and claim the victory and go ahead and praise Him!
Oh my, that makes me what to shout! My friends wherever you are today, and whatever the need, remember to take it to the Lord and let Him fight your battles. Oh my the peace I have in my heart today. There is nothing too big for God to handle.
Abraham says in Genesis: Is anything too hard for God?
Today claim 2 Chronicles 20:12, Lord I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are You.
Now get up and start praising Him. Put on some music and let His love saturate you today. It’s praise time! Deliverance has come from your battle, claim it! That’s cause to dance for Jesus!
I look forward to meeting you back here next week.