Text: 2 Chronicles 20 | Series: 1 & 2 Chronicles

We are back to looking at King Jehoshaphat this week.

King Jehoshaphat Sought God’s Power in Battle

In today’s passage, a great and unexpected coalition of army approaching from the East caught King Jehoshaphat by surprise.

King Jehoshaphat was afraid. But realizing his inadequacy and remembering God’s mercy, King Jehoshaphat looked to his God while in battle. He called a fast and earnestly sought God’s power for his people. In addition, all Judah stood before the Lord.

Their eyes were on God (1 Chronicles 20:12).

Stand Firm and See the Salvation of the Lord

And the Lord encouraged them. And He assured them that they will not need to fight in this battle. But to stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.” 2 Chronicles  20:17.

Judah bowed down to worship the Lord and rose up to praise their God, singing. Judah’s army watched as their God delivered them. How amazing that Judah need not fight! Their enemy turned on one another when the Lord set an ambush on them,

We Need God’s Power

King Jehoshaphat returned to Jerusalem with joy. Because God’s power for his people has made them rejoice over their enemies. These stories were written as instructions for us (Romans 15:4, 1 Cor 10:6).

Today, we desperately need God’s power for we wrestle against spiritual forces of evil (Eph 6:12). Our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking to devour us. Can you stand against him?

Ask for God’s Power

We are powerless against our enemies, just as King Jehoshaphat was in 2 Chronicles 20:12a. But we can ask for God’s power (v 12b)!

This story tells us that Judah set their eyes on God. They see the provision of victory in God. And God reminded them that the battle is not theirs (v15) just as he reminded Moses in Ex 14:13-14. This is the Lord’s battle.

Christ Has Provided Us the Power

Although as sinners, we are powerless, Christ has triumphed over our enemies on the cross (Col 2:13-15). Therefore, our only hope is in him. For Christ has provided a way of victory by taking on our sins. Will you believe in the Lord and be established?