Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Chronicles
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, 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 20:15, 17
For many years now, because of their rebellion, Israel has been divided into the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. The northern kingdom of Israel had nineteen kings and not one of them was righteous, and the Assyrians eventually dispersed them after 210 years. The southern kingdom of Judah lasted 354 years before Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians took them into captivity. They had twenty kings and approximately eight of them were righteous.
One righteous king of the south was Jehoshaphat; he was thirty-five when he took the throne and reigned for twenty-five years. Judah was about to be attacked by the Moabites and Ammonites, and all the people of Judah were in fear and discouraged, but a prophet named Jahaziel spoke these words above and the tide turned (Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-26 – it’s an amazing story!).
In tough times it is very easy for any of us to look at our immediate surroundings and circumstances and begin to panic or get discouraged, and that’s usually because we realize that either we are incapable of solving our problem or getting out of our mess, or that it looks so dismal that we give up.
But these words ought to be a source of confidence and encouragement because they remind us that in this life we do not have to go it alone. Our Lord God is with us. Oh, we may still lose and suffer heartache, but I’d rather lose and suffer heartache knowing that my omnipotent, omniscient and benevolent Lord God through Christ is at my side leading me in His good purpose and plan, than to be alone and hopeless. As we are reminded in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.