Make War Part 5
In the last week of our series on making war against sin we focus on – Putting God First
Text: 2 Chronicles 20:15-25
Last week we looked at how Jehoshaphat was the King of Israel and he realizes that he is surrounded by 3 armies. There is nothing that he can do. His army is not strong enough to defeat the approaching armies. So Jehoshaphat gets on his knees and asks God to deliver them. In verse 12 he says, “O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help. (2Ch 20:12 NLT)” The great thing is that God answers his prayers and comes to save him and battle with him.
God gives Jehoshaphat a crazy battle plan. He is to take his army to war and put the choir on the front lines. I can only imagine how Jehoshaphat, the people, the army, and especially the choir felt about this plan. The amazing thing with God is that he often has a unique battle plan.
There are two lessons we can learn from this. First is that when God does battle for us He requires us to do something. God never leaves us out of the equation. When you read the story all the children of Israel had to do was put the choir in front, show up, and God did the rest. But they had to do something. God tells us specific plans to help us overcome Satan. Sometimes he tells us to do the opposite of a sin (quit stealing be generous -Eph 4). He tells us to confess to someone who can hold you accountable (James 5). This seems simple but we often find it very hard. But if we want God to go into battle for us he will require something of us. Second, If we show up then God will. The hard things is doing our part. I want you to imagine the people’s response especially the choir. How much trust in God do you have to have to get your choir robe and harp stand on the front lines against swords and arrows? We have to be committed and trust that God will do exactly what He says he will. God has promised to help us overcome but we must trust him and do exactly what he tells us to do. It may not make sense, we may be fearful, but in the end if we show up God will deliver us.