Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you”…Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord.  II Chronicles 20:2-3

     II Chronicles 20:2-30 is a phenomenal passage of Scripture, giving a visual picture of how to handle an impossible situation with childlike faith in God. I say these people had childlike faith because they were powerless to do anything about their situation. But they responded in childlike faith. Let’s go over their childlike responses:

     Their impossible situation was that a vast army was coming against them.  What is your vast army today?  (Vast army of emotions, bills, relationships that are tangled?)

     The first thing that they did was go to God. From every town in Judah they came to seek the Lord, and then they cried out to Him in their distress.  In the book, A Heart God Blesses, Jim Cymbala relates the story of walking down the sidewalk with his granddaughter when they came to big puddle. His granddaughter immediately turned to him, reaching up her hands so that he would pick her up. His heart melted. He says that when we cry out to God, we are imploring Him in that same way to come and help us. God loves to do just that. How childlike are you? Do you reach towards God believing that He wants to help you?

The next childlike thing they did was tell God that they didn’t have a plan. They said, (v. 12-13)”We have no power. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” A lot of times I will cry out to God, and then give Him my detailed plan. These people were saying that trusting God was their plan.

     As they called on God, the Spirit of the Lord came on one of the men, and he stood and said, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”  (v. 15) – When you give the problem to God, He takes ownership of that problem; it becomes His problem.

     Then the priest said, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance of the Lord.”  Ask, “God, where do you want me to stand on this situation?”  When He tells you, hold that position.  If you hear nothing, be still until you do.

     The next morning the battle plan was revealed: they were to go out singing and praising (v. 21-22). What kind of battle plan is that? But here’s the deal: You actually have to go out.  They were asked to act on their faith.  What if you really did this at work, at home, or at school?  You went out each day singing and praising God?  For longer than one day in a row?  What would happen? 

     They didn’t know the end of the story, but they went out singing against a vast army.  How unreasonable is that?  Someone could have stood up right then and said, “What are we thinking?  We are going out to fight a great army and our weapons are our vocal chords?!!”  They would never have found out how big God is if they would have stayed home or refused to act on the faith they did have. 

      “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the army who was invading Judah, and they were defeated” (v.22). They watched God work and then collected the spoils. After that they “returned joyfully to God’s house” (v. 27-28).  If we lived like this, we would all have stories to tell of the incredible things God has done for us.

     The chapter ends by saying that the fear of God came upon the whole region and there was peace, for God had given rest on every side. This is a wonderful story. Wouldn’t you love to have “peace and rest on every side”? Seeing God as the answer moment by moment is what it means to live in the fear of the Lord.  It is the answer to life and peace.

*Name one way you can apply this story to your life today and to your “impossible situation.”

Almighty God, give me the childlike faith to go out each day singing and praising, knowing that You will do what’s best. Help me to hold my position of faith and stand firm in You. Amen.

I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.  John 17:4

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