2 Chronicles 20:12a “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.” (NIV)
Your journey through life will confront you with many changes, challenges, and opportunities. Many of these will seem insurmountable – bringing fear and uncertainty. How you respond to these times will impact God’s work and purpose in you. The passage in 2 Chronicles 20:12-27 will give you some rich insights on how to approach adversity through God’s power and grace. The Jewish people were moving according to God’s call but still feared the dangers that existed by being obedient to His calling. The vast army of their enemy challenged their faith to trust God to bring His purpose and call to fruition. They knew their call but lacked the faith to move forward. As a follower of Christ, you should never fail to act upon God’s call due to your perceived inadequacies. Instead, passionately and diligently seek God and His strength until you hear Him as they did in 2 Chronicles 20:12b - “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” God strengthened their faith by responding in verse15 - “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.’” Faith is always bolstered when you realize the battle is not yours, but God’s. Hear God and then praise Him for being your Provider and Redeemer as Jehoshaphat did in verse 18 – “Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord.” It is not enough to just hear; you must also respond in faith as the Israelites did in verse 20 - “As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.’” Trust God and He will make it happen, because your God is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 promises, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” Don’t allow the temporal things of this world to separate you from the God of the universe, your Creator, and the Redeemer of your life, but seek Him passionately, respond in faith, and by faith allow God to fulfill His purpose through you! And the next time you fear what lies before you, remember verse 17 - “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.'"
2 Chronicles 20:25, 27 “So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value — more than they could take away. Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies.” (NIV)