So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” (2 Chronicles 20:20 NKJV)
The key verses of this study are 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. In these verses, are looking at how God instructed Jehoshaphat to respond to trials and battles. It is through hearing and applying God’s instructions that we can be victorious in the LORD.
Yesterday we looked at how we can become victorious in the LORD when we put our complete trust in Him during times of trials, because the battle belongs to the LORD. We learned that many times the key to victory is to be still and stand our ground.
In Chronicles 20:20 the people going out to battle the next day had a most powerful weapon – the Word of the LORD. The prophets who spoke to them relayed the message of victory through God’s hand alone. God used the prophets to bring the people hope that all would be well and that the battle would be won. They chose not to give in to fear.
It is important to us to remember that the Battle is the LORD's, that He goes with us and fights for us. Have confidence, not giving into fear.
Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17b NKJV)
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:
The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (Heb 13:5-6 NKJV)
Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you fainthearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith.
- Francis Frangipane