The Lord Caused Confusion Among The Enemy

5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup, but he didn’t want to go in alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.” She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, “It … More

Fear

The Spirit of the Lord came on the Levite Jahaziel, after Jehoshaphat’s moving prayer, and he speaks to the congregation (v. 14). He tells them twice to not be afraid and that the battle was not their’s but God’s (vv. 15-17). Then Jehoshaphat and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down in worship to the Lord (v. 18). The Levites stood to give loud praise to God (v. 19).

The next day they rose early to go to the Desert of Tekoa. In this seemingly impossible situation Jehoshap­hat stood and told them to “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established: believe his prophets so shall ye  prosper”  (v.20). Then he appointed singers who inspired the people with their words of encouragement to trust the Lord (v. 21).

Then, at the time of encounter with the enemy the Lord caused confusion among the enemy troops so they destroyed each other (vv. 22-23). When Judah came they saw all the enemy dead (v. 24). The slaughter was so great that the men of Judah couldn’t carry away all the spoil and they were three days gathering it up (v. 25).  With thanksgiving to God they offered praise for His love (vv. 26-28). That is why this place is still called Praise Valley. This shows how even a valley in our life can become a place of blessing if we learn how to praise the Lord. True praise changes people, and God can work in and through people who praise Him. So great was God’s hand on His people that all other nations fearedHim. Jehoshaphat enjoyed peace (vv. 29-30).

Application

What do I do when I am faced with battles and trials? Do I seek the Lord and let Him fight my battles for me? I should never be fearful of problems but learn from Jehoshaphat how to take them to the Lord and let Him handle them for me?

 

II Chronicles 20:14-30 (English Standard Version)


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