The Blueprint for Defeating a Threat!
For the past week or so, God has been leading me to 2 Chronicles 20. It starts off discussing an attack on Judah by Moab, Ammon, and Edom. At the time, Jehoshaphat was king and like any human, he got a little scared. Thankfully, he knew the God he served, so he went before the Lord in prayer and fasting.
“Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.”
2 Chronicles 20:3-4 ESV
God clearly honored King Jehoshaphat and the rest of Judah for seeking Him through prayer and fasting. So, He sent the prophet Jahaziel to speak on His behalf.
“And the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, "Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, 'Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you." “Then Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord.”
2 Chronicles 20:14-18 ESV
I hope you caught that! God gave him specific instructions and the first was for them to not be afraid. He basically tells them to not worry because He is with them. After the Lord answered their prayer, King Jehoshaphat and Judah immediately began to worship God. On the next day, King Jehoshaphat made sure that He reiterated the promise given through the prophet Jahaziel and He made sure all of Judah was on the same page.
“And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed." And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, "Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever."
2 Chronicles 20:20-21 ESV
Not only did Judah declare the promise, but they remained in a position of praise and that praise activated the manifestation of God's promise. This whole situation reveals a blueprint for how we should approach any battle or threat.
- Take it the Lord in prayer and fasting.
- Listen for the Lord to give an answer.
- Worship God for his promise to take care of the situation.
- Declare the promise spoken.
- Praise God in advance for victory over your situation while being obedient to His instructions.
- Peacefully watch God work a miracle.
Seeing God completely handle this situation without Judah having to fight is how God desires to move for us in this season. He wants us to seek him, believe and trust him, and praise him in advance for what He said He would do. This may be a bit of a challenge for someone who is used to doing something all the time. And there will be times we will have to fight, but in this season, God desires for us to let him take the lead.
My prayer is that we handle every obstacle that arises like King Jehoshaphat and Judah. That we would allow God to be the Heavenly Father He is. Let Him be our caretaker and problem solver. Allow His peace to silence all thoughts of defeat and may praises to the Lord remain on your lips at all times!