(Meditation: 2 Chronicles 20 & Psalm 23:5)
We often knowingly or unknowingly define victory as the absence of war. Yet, there is no victory without a fight. When we are faced with difficult circumstances, we do not feel blessed. We pray and ask God to take these situations away, not knowing that these things, though not from God, are working for us.
In 2 Chronicles 20 (please read it all), the Israelites and their king Jehosophat were minding their business and they received a report that 3 different armies were marching towards them. The king was discouraged. The people were afraid. But I like their response in the face of the scary unknown: THEY TURN TO GOD.
And God DOES NOT take away the armies, but rather, re-assures Israel that they will not need to fight but He will fight for them. On the day of battle, what do the Israelites do? They sing praises to God. Period. God fights for them, and leaves them with such loads of spoils from the war, that the Israelites spent three days gathering spoils from their dead enemies, and they still couldn’t carry everything. And in 2Chronicles 20:26, this valley that was supposed to be a valley of death for the Israelites is named “THE VALLEY OF BLESSING”
This is true for us too. Does it feel like 3 armies are matching against you? Your valley of the shadow of death can become your valley of EXTRAVAGANT blessing if you focus on who is fighting for you and use your mouth to sing His praises rather than magnify the enemy. So, what’s your seemingly insurmountable situation today? Family? Work? Money? Your enemies are working for you! You will have so many spoils after the war that you won’t have enough room to contain them.
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES;
You anoint my head with oil;My cup runs over. (NKJV – Emphasis mine)