29th October 2016

Praise and Power

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.”
Isaiah 55:8 (AMP)

Jehoshaphat was King of Judah and one day he was informed that a huge army had surrounded his kingdom. This army was made up of warriors from the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Meunites. The king knew that little Judah didn’t have a chance against these attacking armies, and he cried out to God (2 Chronicles 20:12): “For we are powerless against this great multitude which is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” This king wasn’t closing his eyes to the great threat against his kingdom or pretending that his enemies weren’t there. No, he was recognising his own helplessness and turning to God. Then, God said to Jehoshaphat, “Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (verse 15). Isn’t that great?

Sometimes in our own lives we come up against situations when we don’t have the answers nor the power to deal with them—but we need to realise that the battle isn’t ours but God’s! Notice this amazing promise from God, “You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your position, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord…”

The next morning, verse 21 tells us, “he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in their holy (priestly) attire, as they went out before the army and said, ‘Praise and give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.’” This priestly choir in their white linen garments were right in front of this invading army that had come to slaughter the men of Judah—I wonder how these invaders reacted. I suspect that they laughed them to scorn, catcalled and belittled them as being totally mad and stupid! But what happened to Jehoshaphat and his singers? “And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men…who had come against Judah, and they were [self-]slaughtered. And when Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked at the multitude, and behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none had escaped!” (verses 22-24).

I don’t think that this king would have followed God’s plan if he had insisted on understanding it, but he believed and trusted God for the deliverance of his nation and God gave them the victory. This is a great lesson for us all: we need to believe and trust our Father, and when we do, every dark and dangerous valley can be a ‘Valley of Jehoshaphat’ for us—the place where God puts our fears to death and gives us victory!

Thank you, Father, that the victory is always yours; help us to stand still and wait for your intervention in faith.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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