God provides the help
Nov. 30, 2017

Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, got word that three armies were united against him. They were only 25 miles away. Jehoshaphat feared and sought God. Fear is not bad if it drives you to God. He told God he didn’t know what to do and looked to God for help. 

When we end up in a battle, we have a choice to make. Will we figure it out on our own, use our own wit and knowledge, will we work it out in our own power or will we involve God and look to Him for answers? The first step to victory in a battle is to give the battle to God. I will lift up my eyes unto the hills. From whence does my help come? 

My help comes from the Lord who made Heaven and earth. When I am overwhelmed with life, I will run to the rock that is higher than I am. The greatest revelation any of us can have is: God knows more than we do. He sees it all and knows it all. He can lead us and guide us in a way that brings us out on top.  Ask God to help you and then get quiet and listen to what He says and do what He says step by step. This is the second step to victory in a battle. 

Listen for God’s voice. God spoke to Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah through a young man who prophesied. God said, “You won’t have to fight in this battle. I will fight for you for the battle is mine,” says the Lord. When did the battle become the Lord’s? When Jehoshaphat turned to God and gave it to Him. They went out against this huge army with the singers and praisers out front and the soldiers behind them. 

They began to praise and exalt the God of Israel. This is the next step to victory in a battle. Praise the Lord. God inhabits the praises of His people. When we begin to praise and worship Him, exalt and adore Him, God comes on the scene. This is the point that God goes to battle for us. He takes His own weapons and overcomes the enemies as we praise Him. God set ambushes against the enemy. They became confused and begin to kill each other. When the people of Judah got there, the battle was over. The enemy had killed itself. 

This brings us to the last step to victory in a battle. There was so much spoil that it took three days to gather it up all up. When we go through a battle, it is hard sometimes to see God or feel God’s presence. 

Coming out of it with victory is awesome, but we are wondering where the good is that will come out of the victory. They had to go out and look for the spoil and gather it up. We have to begin to look for God in the situation. See where He was and what He did on our behalf. We have to start looking for the wonderful things God is doing in our life through our experiences with Him in and through the battle and the victory.