And when he (Jehoshaphat) had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21
Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah was a godly man, evidenced by the fact that the Bible records only one sinful blunder during his reign. However because of that singular indiscretion, the Lord withdrew for a season the peace he and the Kingdom of Judah had been enjoying, demonstrating clearly that everyone reaps what he sows every time he sows. As a consequence there would be war in the land.
Seeing the error of his ways, Jehoshaphat repents. With all the men of Judah, their wives, and their children, he stood before the Lord and prayed and then waited for His answer. In His infinite mercy God said, “Fear not for the battle is not yours, but Mine.” They would indeed go against the enemy but God proclaimed, “You will not need to fight in this battle.” (2 Chronicles 20:13-17)
That must have been very comforting to Jehoshaphat.
We know this to be true by what Jehoshaphat does by faith the day of the conflict – he announces that the singers would lead Judah’s army into battle. Insanity, right? How would you have liked to been a part of that choir? Amazingly, they too were on-board with the king’s decree and as a result of this faith-filled maneuver, the bewildered enemy was defeated when they turned and killed themselves.
Believing the Promises of God
Faithful obedience is directly proportionate to how much we believe of what we say we believe. Do we doubt the promises of God or are we willing to loyally proceed in such a manner that the world might say, “This is insanity?” I submit that in every situation, negative or otherwise, whereby a believer responds conversely to worldly protocol, non-believers stop and take notice. Of that group, some (seekers perhaps) will be curious and others (possibly the enemy) will be befuddled. As for the enemy; i.e., the one who perpetually denies the power of the Lord (like the adversary in Jehoshaphat’s story), essentially destroys himself.
For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 2 Chronicles 20:23
Are we on the right track?
As you might already be aware, the earliest usage of the term Christian was meant as a derogatory remark in much the same way folks today call followers of Christ ‘Jesus Freaks.’ We should be honored when, because of our faithful authenticity, we are insulted and slandered, as it is likely an indication that we are walking properly. In those situations a slap in the face is the equivalent to a slap on the back. Such tribute however is not for those who have faith, but for those who exercise the faith they have been given. As we walk with Jesus, let us trust in His full support at least as much as we trust the concrete path we walk upon.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
These articles may or may not relate:
- Heavenly Memo: “Let the Lord fight your battles” (revessie.com)
- September 11 (bibleday2day.wordpress.com)
- What to Do When You’re in Trouble (kellylevatino.com)
- 2 Chronicles Chapter 20 (pofw.wordpress.com)
- 2 Chronicles 17, 2 Chronicles 18, 2 Corinthians 6 (66books.wordpress.com)
- Jehoshaphat (dthrasher.wordpress.com)
- Stanek Sunday quote: “Do not be dismayed or discouraged at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s” | Jill Stanek (amhec.wordpress.com)
- The Peaceful Reign of Jehoshaphat (thebiblehistorybooks.wordpress.com)
- 2 Chronicles Chapter 19 (pofw.wordpress.com)
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