Verse of the Day and Devotion – 1/17/2018

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by Bible League International

Verse of the Day and Devotion

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”– II Chronicles 20:17 ESV

Devotion

A great enemy multitude came against Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah. Jehoshaphat, knowing that the multitude was too great for them to handle, called for a fast throughout Judah and assembled the people to seek the help of the Lord. He cried out to the Lord, “we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (II Chronicles 20:12) In response, the Spirit of the Lord came upon the prophet Jahaziel and he spoke the encouraging words of our verse for today.

Perhaps, as was the case for Jehoshaphat, there’s something coming against you that’s much too big to handle. Perhaps you’ve been forced, like him, to cry out to the Lord for help. You didn’t know what to do, but your eyes were fixed on Him. You were waiting for an answer. You were waiting for instructions about what to do. And, sure enough, the Lord came through for you. He gave you the insight and the strategy you needed. Although you still couldn’t see how it would all work out, you had confidence in the Lord that somehow it would work out.

Now what do you do?

You do what the Lord told Jehoshaphat to do. You go out against the problem you’re facing and you stand firm and hold your position. You don’t, that is, flee the scene of the battle. You don’t make futile attempts to evade what must be confronted. You go forth and you stand firm. Even more importantly, you go forth not being afraid or dismayed. After all, fear undermines faith and your foray into battle is a foray based on faith in what the Lord told you to do.

Stop doubting, then, and take your stand!

Perhaps, as was the case for Jehoshaphat, you will not need to fight this battle. Perhaps the Lord will solve the problem before fighting becomes necessary. However, even if you do have to do some fighting, take your stand without fear or dismay, for the Lord will be with you.

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