Monday, June 30, 2008

Miracle in the Wilderness

June 30: 2 Chronicles 19-23

1 After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle.

3 Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, 6 and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7 Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ 10 And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— 11 behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

15 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. 16 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. 17 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.’

18 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.

22 And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. 23 For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.

24 When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked toward the horde, and behold, there were dead bodies lying on the ground; none had escaped.
2 Chronicles 20:1, 3-4, 5-12, 15-18 & 22-24

Miracle in the Wilderness

Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, brought about many reforms in the land and encouraged people to trust in the Lord. Now, the true test comes to Jehoshaphat; when a large multitude from neighboring lands rose up against Judah. How did he respond?

It is one thing to be a leader and to encourage others to follow the Lord, but what do you do when trials come to you? Do you turn to the Lord for help, or do you go elsewhere? How did Jehoshaphat react?

3 Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

Read the prayer of Jehoshaphat recorded in verses 5-12 above; what a glorious testimony of the king's faith in God!

God did not wait long to respond; he sent a prophet with these words,

“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. 16 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. 17 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.’

Read verse 24, When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked toward the horde, and behold, there were dead bodies lying on the ground; none had escaped.

This same God is our God! We are so small in faith; we find it difficult to trust ourselves to the Lord. Instead we try to do everything we possibly can to solve our problems, and then, when we are out of ideas we turn to the Lord.

As you think of this Miracle in the Wilderness, pray that you will pray first when difficulties arise; then follow the leading of the Lord to work out a solution. Remember, God leads us in many ways by opening or closing doors of opportunities. If a door opens, walk through it; if a door closes, understand God's hand in directing your life.

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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