Toughness and Tenderness
The Conclusion

My Daddy's Bigger Than Your Daddy

"...We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." - King Jehoshaphat, 2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV)

What do you do when you find yourself in an insurmountable situation?  Do you fret and worry? Call a friend?  Complain to your spouse? Cry? Or maybe, just maybe...do you pray?  Tucked away inside the second book of Chronicles we see an incredible story of fear, faith, freedom and festivity.  The situation was seemingly insurmountable, but through prayer and faith in the One who can deliver, the people ended up being overcomers rather than being overcame.  Please join me in the story. 

The Fear

And all the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD. - 2 Chronicles 20:13 (NIV)

To set the stage, we find King Jehoshaphat and all of Judah coming before the Lord in a panic because they had just found out that the Moabites, Ammonites and some of the Meunites had come to make war on them.  (2 Chronicles 20:1-3).   The King's prayer was a fairly simple "Help!"

The Faith

After the king reminded God that He was indeed powerful and faithful and we saw all of the Judah waiting with tear-streaked faces for God's answer, God Himself gave Jahaziel some encouraging words to pass on.

He said, "Listen, King Jehoshophat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem!  This is what the LORD says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God's...Tomorrow march down against them...You will not have to fight this battle.  Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you..." (2 Chronicles 20:15-17)

Pretty good encouragement from God, don't you think? Now all they needed to do was execute the plan!  Basically, Judah just needed to believe that their "Daddy" was bigger than those who wanted to fight them.

The Freedom

Guess what?  God delivered.  The people went down to fight, praising God all the way, and they didn't have to lift a finger against the encroaching armies.  Because as they began to sing and praise, God caused the armies to kill off each other!  God wasn't kidding when He said that the battle was His! (2 Chronicles 20:20-23)

The Festivity

Can you imagine the emotional rollercoaster that these people had been on?  One minute they were fearing for their very lives and the next they were watching their enemies being destroyed before their very lives.  And when they went down after the fighting was finished to take a look, here is what they found:

And when Jehoshaphat and his peole came to take away the spoil of them, they found amoung them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stript off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much. (2 Chr 20:25)

Not only did God deliver, but he doused them with glittery goodness!  Does anyone understand why men going to battle would be carrying with them precious jewels?  I can't even wear my wedding ring when I play golf! :)  You get the picture.  God is very, very good.  And they lived happily ever after.

TO TAKE HOME:

There are lots of great things to take out of this passage of scripture to apply to our own lives.  So before you go, can you think about the following?

1) What situation in your life do you currently see as an insurmountable challenge?  Is it a new ministry, a looming project deadline, or a problem area?  Have you released it to God?

2) Assuming you have given God your challenge, how is He telling you to proceed?  Are you listening and heeding His instruction?

3) Looking at your situation, how will your life look once you've arrived on the other side of the "hill"?  If you can't see any positive outcome, ask God to show You what He sees!

4) Do you believe that God is bigger than your problem?  If not, why not?

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