Learn: 2 Chronicles 20:1-32 (see the underside)
Issues are an inevitable a part of life whether or not an individual is saved or not.
The distinction is that after a person or girl turns into a believer, the Father strengthens His little one to face each problem.
Our omniscient and all-powerful God is bigger than any downside. He is aware of our future circumstances and equips our coronary heart and thoughts to resist the approaching trial. The second we encounter an issue, we are able to flip to His omnipotence. He promised to fulfill believers wants and, due to this fact, is below His personal divine obligation to provide steerage and path. Our first response ought to at all times be to name out Father! and pray. Instantly, two issues happen: The issues progress is stunted, and Gods little one is reminded of the distinctive place given those that belief within the sovereign Lord.
God at all times gives once we face issues. Nonetheless, that doesnt imply we must be sitting again and ready for Him to work out the main points. His provision could require an act of religion from us with the intention to attain a decision. Expertise and Scripture inform us that His options are at all times finest, however human power could falter once we hear what He asks of us in response to our prayers. Fortunately, He additionally gives the braveness to behave on the proper second.
Lengthy earlier than a disaster arises or an answer is required, a smart believer will likely be searching for God in prayer. In trouble-free instances, we are able to construct a basis of belief and communion with Him that may face up to any hardship. Issues are unavoidable, however as we search our Father in prayer, He’s devoted to take care of our difficulties.
By Dr. Charles Stanley
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2 Chronicles 20:1-32
Jehoshaphat Defeats Moab and Ammon
1After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with among the Meunitescame to wage conflict in opposition to Jehoshaphat.
2Some folks got here and informed Jehoshaphat, An unlimited military is coming in opposition to you from Edom,from the opposite facet of the Useless Sea. It’s already in Hazezon Tamar (that’s, En Gedi).
3Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a quick for all Judah.
4The folks of Judah got here collectively to hunt assist from the LORD; certainly, they got here from each city in Judah to hunt him.
5Then Jehoshaphat stood up within the meeting of Judah and Jerusalem on the temple of the LORD within the entrance of the brand new courtyard
6and mentioned: LORD, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who’s in heaven? You rule over all of the kingdoms of the nations. Energy and would possibly are in your hand, and nobody can face up to you.
7Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land earlier than your folks Israel and provides it ceaselessly to the descendants of Abraham your pal?
8They’ve lived in it and have inbuilt it a sanctuary to your Title, saying,
9If calamity comes upon us, whether or not the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we’ll stand in your presence earlier than this temple that bears your Title and can cry out to you in our misery, and you’ll hear us and save us.
10However now listed here are males from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you wouldn’t enable Israel to invade after they got here from Egypt; in order that they turned away from them and didn’t destroy them.
11See how they’re repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance.
12Our God, will you not choose them? For we’ve no energy to face this huge military that’s attacking us. We have no idea what to do, however our eyes are on you.
13All the lads of Judah, with their wives and kids and little ones, stood there earlier than the LORD.
14Then the Spirit of the LORD got here on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood within the meeting.
15He mentioned: Pay attention, King Jehoshaphat and all who reside in Judah and Jerusalem! That is what the LORD says to you: Don’t be afraid or discouraged due to this huge military. For the battle isn’t yours, however Gods.
16Tomorrow march down in opposition to them. They are going to be climbing up by the Move of Ziz, and you will see that them on the finish of the gorge within the Desert of Jeruel.
17You’ll not should combat this battle. Take up your positions; stand agency and see the deliverance the LORD provides you with, Judah and Jerusalem. Don’t be afraid; don’t be discouraged. Exit to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will likely be with you.
18Jehoshaphat bowed down together with his face to the bottom, and all of the folks of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship earlier than the LORD.
19Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with a really loud voice.
20Early within the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and mentioned, Take heed to me, Judah and other people of Jerusalem! Think about the LORD your God and you’ll be upheld; think about his prophets and you’ll be profitable.
21After consulting the folks, Jehoshaphat appointed males to sing to the LORD and to reward him for the splendor of hisholiness as they went out on the head of the military, saying: Give due to the LORD, for his love endures ceaselessly.
22As they started to sing and reward, the LORD set ambushes in opposition to the lads of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who had been invading Judah, they usually had been defeated.
23The Ammonites and Moabites rose up in opposition to the lads from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they completed slaughtering the lads from Seir, they helped to destroy each other.
24When the lads of Judah got here to the place that overlooks the desert and regarded towards the huge military, they noticed solely lifeless our bodies mendacity on the bottom; nobody had escaped.
25So Jehoshaphat and his males went to hold off their plunder, they usually discovered amongst them a large amount of apparatus and clothingand additionally articles of valuemore than they may take away. There was a lot plunder that it took three days to gather it.
26On the fourth day they assembled within the Valley of Berakah, the place they praised the LORD. For this reason it’s referred to as the Valley of Berakahto today.
27Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the lads of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the LORD had given them trigger to rejoice over their enemies.
28They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the LORD with harps and lyres and trumpets.
29The worry of God got here on all the encircling kingdoms after they heard how the LORD had fought in opposition to the enemies of Israel.
30And the dominion of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him relaxation on each facet.
The Finish of Jehoshaphats Reign
31So Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years previous when he grew to become king of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His moms identify was Azubah daughter of Shilhi.
32He adopted the methods of his father Asa and didn’t stray from them; he did what was proper within the eyes of the LORD.
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