Day 165


1 Kings 22:10-28; 2 Chronicles 18:9-27; 1 Kings 22:29-35; 2 Chronicles 18:28-34; 1 Kings 22:36-40; 1 Kings 22:51-53; 2 Chronicles 19:1 – 20:30

Jen Powers, Reception, CYFM and Student Ministries Assistant

Specifically 2 Chronicles 20, (NIV)

I love reading the story of King Jehoshaphat. He’s the underdog, and doesn’t seem to have much say in the matter. So what does he do? Calls together every town in Judah to fast and pray to the Lord for an answer. How many of us can honestly say the first thing to pop into our heads when things start going downhill is to praise God and pray for victory over the situation? I know that I start sounding like that old Shel Silverstein poem, “Whatif.” Before I know it, I’ve mapped out the 10 worst possible scenarios and played them through in my head. In fact, I’m so good at it that I can even work myself into a good cry about all the things that…well… haven’t happened yet!

But not Jehoshaphat. He goes right for the big guns and lays it all on the line: “Our God, will you not judge them? For 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.” And guess what? God answers–pretty specifically, too. “’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…You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you… Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’” Powerful words. When they go out the next day, Jehoshaphat has people singing praises to the Lord. Think about it. They’re walking into a situation they can’t see a way out of, but they do it, not only with complete trust in God, but singing His praises! And they watched Him not only take care of their enemy, but bless them with the abundant riches left behind.

What a great example of something we’re all good at telling others to do, but not necessarily so great at following through on in our own lives. I don’t know about you, but I can think of at least one big battle I’m facing right now. And I’ve run through every Eeyore-ish path in my head. But what I haven’t done is truly turn to God with all I have and lay everything at His feet, knowing that he’s got this. My prayer today is for that same faith Judah showed in the Lord, and the knowledge that the battle’s not mine.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor 5:7)


5 responses »

  1. Thanks Jen,
    It is through our faith that the Lord’s power can be displayed and only through our lack of faith that He is limited. Just as it’s hard to sell something you wouldn’t buy yourself, how can we as Christians be effective disciples if we ourselves can’t utilize our own advice?

    Lord help us when we are weak and doubtful for deep down we know that we can trust the one that gave us life. Help us to live boldly for Your Glory so we can experience the joy that comes when we know that our actions have played a role in leading people too You.

  2. 1 Kings 22:19-23 intrigues me. God gives us a glimpse of the council chamber of heaven, and how things (sometimes) get done. God has a goal in mind, but He allows his creations — in this case, spirits — to participate, to make suggestions on how to accomplish His goal. This really encourages me in my prayer life: God actually listens to my suggestions!

    This also demonstrates that God can use all sorts of things to accomplish His plan. If He can use a lying spirit, then maybe He can use a weak and sinful person like me. Astonishing grace!

  3. ( Chron 18:15) Ahab was looking for some good news. Micaiah delivered it but Ahab knew he was lying. Ahab was facing sure disaster. (II Chron 18:29) To “protect” himself he went into battle in disguise. It almost worked until that “random” arrow (vs 33) landed directly in the chink of his armor. Random? I think not. The battle is surely Yours, my Lord. The only protection we need is Your robe of righteousness, a heart devoted to You and covered by Your breastplate, the helmet of salvation that protects our mind from the luring and lying thoughts of the enemy, the belt of Your truth in our gut, the desire to walk in Your peace and Your Word as our sword and shield (Ephesians 6). The battle is Yours. The only thing I bring is my obedience. Let it be. Amen.

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