If you’ve ever had opposition from external forces desperate to destroy your life, your reputation and your faith, you could relate to Jehoshaphat’s crisis found in 2 Chronicles 20.
His enemies, the Moabites, Ammonites and the Meunites joined forces to make war against him. The vandal horde was planning an invasion to destroy Judah and humble the nation in the eyes of the other nations.
News of this plan of invasion reached a messenger of Jehoshaphat who told the king of the startling news:
“A huge force is on its way from beyond the Dead Sea to fight you. There’s no time to waste—they’re already at Hazazon Tamar, the oasis of En Gedi.” (verse 1, 2)
Shaken, Jehoshaphat prayed.
This courageous leader, who had spent years strengthening his armies to meet any enemy, recognized that this crisis warranted a different fighting approach. To win this battle required earnest prayer.
“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Alfred Lord Tennyson
Jehoshaphat poured out his soul to God in prayer and he ordered a nationwide fast and prayer. And, the people of Israel united themselves to seek God’s help through prayer.
“Then Jehoshaphat took a position before the assembled people of Judah and Jerusalem at The Temple of God in front of the new courtyard and said, “O God, God of our ancestors, are you not God in heaven above and ruler of all kingdoms below? You hold all power and might in your fist—no one stands a chance against you! And didn’t you make the natives of this land leave as you brought your people Israel in, turning it over permanently to your people Israel, the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived here and built a holy house of worship to honor you, saying, ‘When the worst happens—whether war or flood or disease or famine—and we take our place before this Temple (we know you are personally present in this place!) and pray out our pain and trouble, we know that you will listen and give victory.’ “And now it’s happened: men from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir have shown up. You didn’t let Israel touch them when we got here at first—we detoured around them and didn’t lay a hand on them. And now they’ve come to kick us out of the country you gave us. O dear God, won’t you take care of them? We’re helpless before this vandal horde ready to attack us. We don’t know what to do; we’re looking to you.” (verses 5 – 12)
As their united hearts were lifted toward heaven and waited for a word from God, Jahaziel, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit declared from the Lord:
“Don’t be afraid; don’t pay any mind to this vandal horde. This is God’s war, not yours.” (verse 15)
When they heard this word, with a grateful heart, Jehoshaphat knelt down and thanked God in prayer. All who were present did the same.
The next morning, Jehoshaphat sent out the army and appointed a choir to lead the army.
As soon as they started praising, God set ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir and in a state of confusion, they attacked each other and all ended up dead.
When Judah came to the wilderness of Tekoa, they saw only dead bodies.
God had won the battle for them as He had promised.
This will be your testimony.
Although external forces will come against you to destroy you or bring you to shame, they will not win. Because, they are not fighting against you. They are fighting against God. And any force, group, body or person that comes against God loses.
“There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours.” Psalm 86: 6
They may seem stronger and more powerful than you. Even still, they will not hurt you. Because they are not fighting against you. They are fighting against God. And any force, group, body or person that comes against God loses.
“Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.” Exodus 15: 6
Like Jehoshaphat, even if you are terrified and shaken…pray.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5: 14, 15)
Summon all of heaven and pour out your heart to God. Don’t skip any detail. Tell Him everything and most importantly take hold of His promises.
When you’ve done this, start praising God.
Move through your days as normal, but still praise God.
And while you praise Him, God in His powerful way, dismantle the plans of those who are working against you. He will confuse their efforts. He will stop them in their tracks, killing any plan that was in place to hurt you, destroy you and shame you.
This is the comfort we have as believers: even when we are surrounded by adversity and sheer wickedness, when we genuinely pray, God will do for us, what we cannot do for ourselves: Win the war.