Rejoice In The Victory That Is Yours

27th August

Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshipping the Lord. The the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout.”

2 Chronicles 20:14-15

When God promises something to us, do we wait for it to happen before we rejoice in His goodness or do we rejoice after we can see the fruit of our answered prayers?

Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah could do nothing but trust in God for their salvation from the large imminent enemy attack. God is in goodness answered their prayers by saying that the ‘battle was not theirs but the Lord’s’. Because of His amazing answer, the people of Judah fell to the floor in humble adoration of God’s goodness. The Levites stood up and shouted out praise to God from the bottom of their hearts. It would not be hard to imagine a celebratory party atmosphere when reading these verses.

Yet interestingly all this came before the battle had even started. Their victory celebrations came before the foe had arrived. It took a serious amount of faith to trust that God had spoken and that He would do what He said He would do. Yet the people of Judah and King Jehoshaphat had complete trust that God was on their side and in His faithful promise.

How amazing would it be if we celebrated God’s goodness even if we are faced with tough times. If we know that God is for us, then who can be against us? We must never forget to praise God for answered prayers. Let us join with the Levites and shout out praises to our God. Let us praise God even when we can only rely on the promises of His faithful answers; even before we see the fruit of our answered prayers. God is always good and deserves being praised!

God’s Answer Of Grace

26th August

The Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there…….He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is NOT yours but GOD’S!!

2 Chronicles 20:14-15

God is faithful. He heard the prayer of the people and answered with such comforting words. In fact they were not just comforting, they were incredible words. Not only did God promise to be with them, not only did God promise His comfort but He included the promise, that the battle would not be theirs but His.

Jehoshaphat was completely in surrender to God. He knew his people did not have the resources to defeat this mighty enemy. “We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what do, but we are looking to YOU for help.” His only option was to trust God. In fact there was no better place to put his trust.

In His grace, God answered their prayers but not in the way you and I would think. He didn’t say, ‘go to war and I will be with you to help you defeat the enemy’. In fact He said the opposite. “March out against them… but you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” WOW. You will not need to fight…. Just watch me win for you! How powerful is that. How incredible must those words have been for the listeners. How comforting. How humbling.

Yet those words are not some old forgotten words, hidden somewhere in a dusty old book. They are as true today as they were for Jehoshaphat and his army. Sometimes, yes we are called to fight in God’s strength, but there are sometimes when God’s grace just says, ‘sit back and watch me gain victory in your life’. Is not a passive attitude, but it takes complete trust in God. It takes complete submission to His greater power. It takes time to listen to what God is saying.

If there is something in your life that you can’t see an end to or a way out of, then let Jehoshaphat’s prayer be yours today. ‘God I look to you. You are where my help comes from. I don’t know what to do but I trust You.’ Then let go and completely trust God to fight for you, just as He did for Jehoshaphat!