SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: GO TO GOD
TEXT: 2 CHRONICLES 20:1-29
MEMORY VERSE: EPHESIANS 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Newspaper Journalists write “exclusive” stories which are not found in other newspapers. The story reported in our text today is an exclusive which has no parallel in the 1 & 2 Kings. The war came from the Israelites’ southern neighbours’ the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Meunites or the Arabians who gave Nehemiah a tough time years later. The war had begun some time and had reached EnGedi before King Jehoshaphat knew! King Jehoshaphat and the entire Israelites were therefore very afraid. In their helplessness, King Jehoshaphat led the entire awe-stricken Israelites in prayer to God for His intervention. To whom do you run when you are in a difficult situation or attack of the evil one? The king acknowledged the supremacy of God (vs. 6); the exploits of God in the past (vs. 9) the presence of God among them now (8, 9) before presenting his complaint and petition. How much God’s supremacy do you recognize when in a threatening situation? There is the tendency to forget or lose sight of God’s past miracles whenever we are facing fresh fierce challenges.
Jehoshaphat understood this battle to be spiritual and not confrontational. I want you to identify God’s specific instruction to them in vs. 16 & 17 and their immediate response in vs. 18 &19. What are the rewards of believing God (vs. 20- 25) Because Jehoshaphat and the people laboured in prayer, though full of fear, they rose from the place of prayer full of courage. How dangerous would it have been for them to have taken physical confrontation in this spiritual battle? Their victory was settled in the place of prayer instead of going to war with the enemies who were better equipped and better prepared than they were.
Some of us stupidly go to the police or to court instead of going to God. When enemies spit fire and brimstone at you, what do you do and where do you go? When your boss in the office hates you and is eager to get you sacked, what do you do or where do you go? Take a cue from Jehoshaphat, a name which means “Jehovah judges” and let God be the Judge.
HYMN: EMHB 948 – ABIDE WITH ME; FAST FALLS THE EVENTIDE;
PRAYER: Lord, teach me to always take my problems to You in prayers and don’t allow the enemy to rejoice over me in Jesus’ name.