Just Obey

I have figured out 4 principles that can greatly help us when we are in trouble.  You know i believe they can help us overall with life’s issues.  The come from 2 Chronicles 20:1-29                                                                         

Principle one: Seek the Lord’s help. (vs 3-4)

It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. Some men reported to Jehoshaphat, “A large crowd is coming against you from the other side of the Dead Sea, from Edom.* The crowd is already in Hazazon Tamar” (also called En Gedi) 3Frightened, Jehoshaphat decided to ask for the LORD’s help. He announced a fast throughout Judah. 4 The people of Judah gathered to seek the LORD’s help. They came from every city in Judah.

When trouble over took Jehoshaphat, the first thing he did was to consult God. This was not only for him but for the entire nation; he ordered a Fast and then he began to pray.  This should be our first line of defense instead of our last as is the usual case.

Principle two: Wait and Listen (vs. 13)

All the people from Judah, their infants, wives, and children were standing [waiting, stand still] in front of the LORD.

After Jehoshaphat prayed he waited and listened attentively  for the Lord to speak.  This is most important because many times we omit this part and therefore move in the wrong direction which causes problems.  However if you wait on the voice of the Lord not only will your strength be renewed by Him but your path will be lit and made straight.

 Principle three: Praise with thanksgiving vs 18-19

Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord. 19 Then the Levites from the clans of Kohath and Korah stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout.

These verses indicate the gratefulness of the king as the Lord spoke and not only gave them instructions of what to do but also revealed the enemies location and plans. Jesus will always go the extra mile for you when you give Him true worship.  In this instance not only did God give them instructions but he revealed the enemies location so the people could have a battle strategy on hand.  Therefore they were fore warned so they could be fore armed.

  Principle four: Act in obedience and praise to the instructions of the Lord. (vs 20-23)

   They got up early in the morning and went to the desert f Tekoa. As they were leaving, Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem. Trust the LORD your God, and believe. Believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 23The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other.    24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.

These verses indicate to us that Jehoshaphat, even though he did not know how the Lord would deliver, acted in faith and obedience all the while worshipping God for who He is.

This story ends 24-29 tells of how Jehoshaphat and the Israelites collected the spoil that was soo much that it  took three days to gather and oh how they worshipped God for his goodness and kindness towards them.  You see, unkown to the Iraelites while they were worshipping and praising God, he began to act on their behalf by confusing the enemy and ultimately allowing them to defeat themselves.  that is what our praises do.  They confuse the enemy, throw them in disarray and eventually brings victory to us and many times with us totally being unaware.  Thats the beauty of praising God and giving him true worship which is what He desires.

Our story concludes with victory for the nation of Israel and the fear of the Lord being spread throughout the ssurrounding nations.  That is what should be priority for every believer: making Jesus be known through your knowledge and obedience to Him especially at times of greatest adversities.  After all… all He did was die a brutal, horrific and sacrificial death on a cross for you and me.  Its only reasonable if you ask me.

I have therefore estimated that these simple principles, if applied can surely bring us victory in our lives for now and  for always.

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