”Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's…Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged… Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld.” (2 Chronicles 20:15,17, 20 NIV)
It’s said of King Jehoshaphat that the Lord was with him, for he walked the roads that David his father had passed during his earlier years. He sought no strange gods, but only to obey the Lord. It says even about Jehoshaphat that he was proud to walk ways of the Lord (2 Chron. 17:6). This made Jehoshaphat important and powerful, and the kingdoms around Judah did not dare wage war against them. He introduced several reforms that would make the people of Judah able to better serve the Lord.
But the surrounding people, who saw Jehoshaphat and the Jews' success joined forces and went to attack them, and for the first time, it is written about Jehoshaphat that he was gripped by fear. He realized that the Jewish people would not compel anything against the great throng who now wanted to go on the attack against them. But when all the people, all of Judah, went before the Lord, with their children, wives and sons, God sent a prophetic word, with the consolation and encouragement found in today's scripture reading.
Often there can be a similar feeling for us today, as though those who stand against the Christian community is a very hostile crowd. But the Lord's words of consolation and encouragement are still valid. God calls us to do only three things: go forward, stand firm and watch the Lord rescue you.
Lord thank you for the promises you gave to your people long ago, also applies today. Thank You for the secure foothold we have when we trust in you.