As an army advances, the sounds of clanking metal, galloping horses, rolling chariots, and fierce battle cries normally fill the air. However, when Jehoshaphat and the Israelite army marched to battle in 2 Chronicles 20, the sound of singing filled the air.
Jehoshaphat, when learning of the advancement of a vast army against him, helplessly knelt before the Lord. God encouraged him by saying, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV)
He then instructed Jehoshaphat with a battle plan. “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.” (2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV) The next day, Israel marched into battle with the praises of the Lord on their lips, trusting that He would rescue them.
As they praised God, they watched the enemy defeated before them. God kept His promise, and Israel saw God’s deliverance as they praised Him in the midst of their battle.
Do you face a vast army this week, one that you cannot conquer on your own? God makes the same promise to you that He made to the Israelites. Let Him be in control, trust Him, and fill your front lines with praise to your Loving Father. As you enter the battle with praise on your lips, you will see God’s mighty deliverance.
Ashli Roussel, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Harding University, is passionate about sharing the truth and love of the Lord through writing. She loves camping, running, playing the piano, and participating in missions. Most of all, she is passionate about knowing, following, and serving her Lord and Savior. Without Him, her stories would mean nothing.
Ashli has battled and overcome an eating disorder, which God used to teach her great truths about who He is and how He is involved in our struggles. Now she desires to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from God. Keep an eye out for Ashli’s regular articles on iBegat.com! (read more…)