How the Enemy Wins
II Chronicles 20:3- 4, 12, 15b, 17, 19- 20b Frightened, Jehoshaphat decided to ask for the LORD'S help. He announced a fast throughout Judah. The people of Judah gathered to seek the LORD'S help. ... You're our God. Won't you judge them? We don't have the strength to face this large crowd that is attacking us. We don't know what to do, so we're looking to you."
...Jahaziel said, "...This is what the LORD says to you: Don't be frightened or terrified by this large crowd. The battle isn't yours. It's God's.
...You won't fight this battle. Instead, take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the LORD for you, Judah and Jerusalem. Don't be frightened or terrified. Tomorrow go out to face them. The LORD is with you."
The Levites, descendants of Kohath and Korah, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with very loud songs. ...
Jehoshaphat stopped and said, "...Trust the LORD your God, and believe. Believe his prophets, and you will succeed."
When he was afraid the King didn't turn first to his advisers or the might of his military. He knew the foundation of Israel's security lay not in his hands, not in strategy or might, but in God.
Because the nation turned to God, God miraculously protected and saved them.
So it is with individuals and nations. When we come to him, make our lives right before Him and ask, God answers.
When we turn from Him our enemies win.
Simple cause and effect. Too bad neither those claiming God's name nor our national leaders seem to get this simple equation.
Personally and nationally ...
We lose when we shut God out.
We win when we worship and honor Him.
V. 22, 26 As they started to sing praises, the LORD set ambushes against the Ammonites, Moabites, and the people of Mount Seir who had come into Judah. They were defeated.
... On the fourth day they gathered in the valley of Beracah. Because they thanked the LORD there, that place is still called the valley of Beracah [Thanks] today.
Posted by Carolyn R Scheidies
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