Where Do You Stand?
"For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." - King Jehoshaphat
Hands down one of the coolest happenings in the Word. King Jehoshaphat and Judah were about to be under attack by three different nations of people. The people gathered together to cry out to the Lord, and the Lord heard them. They were to position themselves and stand still to watch Him take care of it. And He took care of it.
What stands out to me today, however, is the very first verse of the chapter holding this amazing story:
"It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat."
It happened "after this". After what? Back up a chapter or two and get a sense of Jehoshaphat's reign at the time. He had stepped out of line by allying himself with the wicked king Ahab, and a prophet told him as much. His response to this rebuke is the "after this" we are looking for here.
"So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord God of their fathers."
There is more written of his reforms, but the point is that he prepared his heart to seek God. He positioned himself before the Lord before he was later told of the Lord to position himself before his enemies.
What you do in effort to seek the Lord will often be followed by the enemy gathering his forces against you. Where do you stand when the day of evil comes? Have you set your heart to seek God?
I urge you to position yourself at His feet today, and you will be able to position yourself before your enemies in the evil day. You will be able to stand still and watch the Lord fight for you.
Father, I love that You fight against those who fight against me, that You contend with those who contend with me. But don't ever let me take for granted the time I must position myself before You...just me and You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Chronicles 18-20, Isaiah 49:25, Psalm 35:1, Ephesians 6:10-20