Message From Andy (Youth Minister)
“O our God, will You not judge them? 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.”
- II Chronicles 20:12 VJKN
Have you ever felt this way? Surrounded on all sides, ready to be defeated, not knowing what to do because you’re so overwhelmed? I know I have! In this instance, the Moabites, Ammonites, and their allies were threatening the people of Judah and Jerusalem. Jehoshaphat cried out to The Lord for relief from their enemies, which should be our instant response in times like this!
“And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
- II Chronicles 20:15 VJKN
So what does God say during these times when we seem to face insurmountable odds? As He spoke through his servant Jahaziel, God says for us to not be “afraid or dismayed,” for the battle is not ours but His. We should take comfort in these words and put our faith and trust fully in God because the battle is ultimately His!
“Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.”
- II Chronicles 20:30 VJKN
Even in the darkest and bleakest of times, we can trust in God to meet our needs, especially when we call out to Him. I have felt this way many times in my life - surrounded all around and pulled in numerous directions, to the point of feeling powerless and out of control. But we have a God Who is willing to give us “rest all around” if we only ask and obey!