“To be forewarned is to be forearmed” is a saying that my mother constantly references.
It simply means that if you know about something before it happens, you prepare yourself for it.
And God in His great love for us always gives us adequate warning and insight to prepare for an impending trial or circumstances that have the potential to shake the very core of our faith, if we are caught off-guard and unprepared.
Several references are made throughout the bible of God providing deep insights to common individuals about something that will happen in the future. These individuals were tasked with warning or sharing the revelation that they received from God with those within their circle of influence.
Some well known examples include Noah, Jeremiah and Nathan.
Noah was tasked with warning the heinous society that he lived in about the impending flood (Genesis 6); Jeremiah was also called to minister to a decaying nation and preach a word of reformation and revival. Still, his message was mocked and ignored and he received more failure in his ministry than success; Nathan also served as a messenger with a harsh truth to King David in the midst of his adultery scandal.
Each of these messengers had two things in common:
1. They were given a message from God
2. They obeyed God, even if it risked their lives, brought them little success and disfavour from those around them
In 2 Chronicles 20, we encounter two types of messengers.
1. The people who told Jehoshaphat that the armies were encamped around the city and were preparing for war. It was the message from the small group in the beginning of the chapter, that alerted Jehoshaphat of the danger ahead and led him to call a period of fasting and praying throughout the nation.
There was also Jahaziel, son of Zechariah, who was filled with the Holy Spirit and declared a promise of comfort in the midst of the emotional uproar:
Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation;
And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. (Versus 14 – 17)
It was Jahaziel’s revelation that provided Israel with the comfort and direction they needed to defeat those who were coming against them.
God used these messengers to speak to Jehoshaphat. And He still uses messengers in our lives to alert us of something that we are unaware of. He also uses messengers to offer us spirit-led direction and comfort so that we can face our varied warlords without fear and in confidence.
These messengers are mere tools in God’s plan to always keep us one step ahead of the enemy and ahead of those who work against us.
Interestingly sometimes, we mistrust the messenger and receive the message with skepticism. Other times, we reject the message entirely.
I want to encourage you to allow that skepticism to direct you to genuine prayer with God so that His Spirit can confirm what the messenger shared.
When God reveals, He always confirms. And what He confirms, always aligns with His word.
My testimony: A few weeks ago, God ushered a messenger into my life with a message of an impending plot against me. I was stunned as I was hurt. And like Jehoshaphat, I rallied my prayer circle and we fasted and prayed about what was revealed. Throughout that period, God confirmed that the alert that I received was genuine; He also revealed clear instructions that I would have to follow. Since then, I have followed His instructions and He is still dismantling and disrupting the plans that were strategically set to harm me.
This situation has deepened my appreciation for the creative ways God forewarns and forearms us.
Your charge: There is a messenger in your life who God has equipped to speak comfort and wisdom into your present situation as well as the next. Embrace those messages. Spirit-proof them through prayer. Remain obedient and comforted and remember, this battle is not yours to win, but God’s.
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