14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel … a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:14-15 NKJV
King Jehoshaphat suddenly found himself and all of Judah in a great deal of trouble. Several bordering nations had allied together to attack, and a great multitude of soldiers was approaching.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 2 Chronicles 20:3 NKJV
The first thing the king did when he realized his predicament was to seek the Lord, and then to have all the people of Judah do the same. Perhaps God would spare them and help them to turn back this overwhelming invasion if they sought His face and favor.
It must have pleased the Lord greatly that Jehoshaphat chose to approach the matter in this way. Jehoshaphat’s faith was likely reinforced when God delivered him from death in the battle alongside King Ahab, and he was the right leader for Judah to have during this crisis.
The approaching battle was an unforeseen and unexpected event for Judah and its king. Trouble often shows up out of nowhere, and we, like Judah, can be thrown off balance by the sudden appearance of adversity. In our shock and desperation, we often forget to take it before the Lord, and instead, immediately start trying to solve the problem in our own strength and resources.
But many times, our own power is not sufficient to overcome the challenges that come against us. In these moments, we draw upon our faith, humbly approaching our loving and powerful God, seeking His strength to fight and win the battle. We call upon God to do for us what we do not have sufficient strength or power to do for ourselves.
We look back upon people like Jehoshaphat to give us the faith and encouragement to move forward with our lives today. Whatever battles we are struggling with – addiction, financial stress, illness, fears, personal relationships, or something else – we call upon our God to see us through. He is our ever-present hope and has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. We can trust that He will never let us down.
4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4 NKJV
What unexpected trials have come upon you in your life? How have you responded to them so far? It is never too late to take them to the Lord in prayer.
Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
Lord, we lift our trials up to You. We humbly ask that You deliver us through them, bringing healing and wholeness to everyone who is involved. May You be glorified for your great power and mercy towards us. We thank You for Your grace and love in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.