“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord”
“I know that some of you have little time for this “spiritual stuff” because your needs are practical needs. Indeed, I’ve heard people say, “Yeah, I appreciate all this praise and other things you are talking about, but let’s become practical now. Let’s be reasonable. All this spiritual stuff isn’t going to pay my mortgage or get my boss to stop hassling me or get my kids to quit hanging with the wrong crowd or get my spouse to stop running around. I’m dealing with real issues here and I need real answers.”
You are exactly right. You are dealing with real issues—issues that are every bit as threatening as the army that would soon “be on Judah’s doorstep. So maybe you had better deal with them the same way Jehoshaphat dealt with the Moabites and the Ammonites:
Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.” After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever” (2 Chronicles 20:20-21). “What did Jehoshaphat do? As he led his people into battle, he said, “Let’s sing. I want you to thank God for His faithfulness and to celebrate His love. Tell Him how beautiful His holiness is.”
This may appear to be an unreasonable response, but let’s see how it worked out. “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men … who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped (2 Chronicles 20:22-24).
Wow! Not one man from the attacking army escaped the vindication of God. “To understand what was so special about Judah’s victory, you need to understand the “significance of their praise. Those singers out in front of the army weren’t just having a casual praise session. They were doing serious business because they were appealing to God’s integrity. This is what “the splendor of God’s holiness” (vs. 21) refers to. His holiness means that He can’t do anything other than what He has promised. Therefore, the men at the head of the army were praising God as though the army coming at them was already dead! They were rejoicing in God’s faithfulness before He had been faithful. Why could they do this? They believed that the One who had made the promise would do exactly what He had said:
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you (2 Chronicles 20:17).”
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