Thursday Thoughts | January 4, 2017

 

One of my favorite passages in the OT is found in 2 Chronicles 20.  This chapter gives the account of 3 different armies that threatened to wipe out King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah!  I’m not sure how many  were on the side of the enemy, but I do know that it was enough to cause fear for King Jehoshaphat and his people.   Look what the following verses have to say about the size of the armies:
  • Verse 2 – “there cometh a great multitude
  • Verse 12 – “against this great company
  • Verse 15 – “this great multitude

How many does the word “great” represent? We’re not told  the exact number but I do know it’s  A LOT!!!  A Whole Bunch!!  The Whole Enchilada!!  “Great Gobs!!  Heaps!! (I think that you get the picture!) 

In fact,  there were so many people that came to destroy Jehoshaphat and God’s people that it is no wonder what happened next…”And Jehoshaphat feared,” (20:3)  Who could blame Jehoshaphat and the rest of the people?  Not many of us have ever felt the type of fear that they had to have knowing that people were trying to kill them and that there was enough of them to complete the job.  I think that we would have been afraid too! 

However, the great part of this account is that Jehoshaphat didn’t go run into a cave and hide because of his fear.  He didn’t try to compromise to become slaves to the enemies so that their lives would be spared.  He didn’t even try to come up with a military plan to beat the enemy.  He didn’t live in that fear!  What he and the people did (found in verses 3 and 4) was this:

  1. He “set himself to seek the Lord
  2. He proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah
  3. They asked God for Help
  4. All Judah came to seek the Lord
Look at what the people said in verse 12, “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” 
 
Please read God’s response to their prayer in verses 14-17 and the results that took place in verses 18-30 on your own, but let me give you the end of this account…GOD GAVE A GREAT VICTORY!  
 
But when did the victory happen?  When the people believed on God and praised Him even before the victory was won (see verses 19-22)!  After I read this passage once again, I had to evaluate my prayers yet again.  Am I praying with belief that God can/will answer my prayers?  Am I praying with a song in my heart/mouth?  Am I even seeking the Lord with desperation rather than the comfortable little prayers that are easy to say?  I am reminded by this passage that God wants to give us victory over the battles in our lives, but He wants us to seek Him first!  He wants us to believe in Him!  He wants us to believe in Him to the point that we will even sing His praises before the victory is won!  
 
Have a BIG battle that you’re facing?  Seek God!  Believe in God!  Sing Praises to God! See a victory in your life that God will give you!  After all,  the battle is not really yours to begin with (verse 15)!  
 
Looking forward to a great and victorious Sunday with you!
9:30 AM – Traditional Service
11:00 AM – Contemporary Service and Life Dynamics
6:00 PM – Sunday Evening Service 

Matt Roller