“And he said, ‘Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:15-17
Have you ever seen tangibly that when you obeyed God in one area, blessings and fruit came forth for years?
In 2005, I fell in love with Africa. If it wasn’t for my trip to Kenya that year, I wouldn’t have heard about the war in Northern Uganda, seen the beautiful faces, or lived the last ten years of my life on the mission field. It took a lot to get me there (financially, getting time off of work, getting all of the vaccinations, etc.); but even more impactful to me were two dear people in my church who organized the trip, Paul and Dar Sweeney. God stirred their hearts and they responded. I sometimes wonder what my life would be like if they were not obedient to run that trip. It was a lot for them, but the effects are still being felt and will echo into eternity! (How many people have been saved, physically or spiritually, because of their act of obedience we may never know this side of Heaven.)
Everything God asks us to do is an opportunity for bigger things than we could have imagined. Such was the case for the nation of Israel under King Jehosophat in 2 Chronicles. God encouraged them not to fear, because He was going to win the victory for them; but they were required to do several things. These are also good steps for us to follow.
What were the steps of obedience, according to 2 Chronicles 20?
1) Listen for God’s voice
God speaks when we listen. The nation of Israel fasted, prayed, and cried out to God. No one was seeking glory or trying to figure out their own way forward. They knew they were desperate, and they came with that desperation before their Loving God. Today we listen to God through His Word to us, prayer, how He speaks to us during worship times, and through other believers.
2) Do what He tells you to do
God told them to go out against the enemy and stand and watch Him conquer. It wasn’t logical, but they obeyed. We don’t have to worry about how God will handle things; we only have to walk forward in obedience.
3) Make sure you’re in the right position
The Israelites were told to position themselves to see God come through for them. We must do the same. In other words, we shouldn’t be hanging out in bad areas or doing sinful things. We will miss what God wants us to see.
4) Watch Him do His thing
This should be the easiest part for us, and yet so often at the last minute we want to try to fight our own battles and take matters into our own hands. It requires trust and patience, but it’s so worth it!
In order to have victory, we must be walking in obedience to what God has already spoken to us.
The battles are God’s to win, but He calls us to do something.
If we aren’t walking in obedience, we can’t expect the victory! It’s that simple.
But if we are walking in obedience, we better buckle up and be prepared for an exciting ride! God is going to come through in our battle.