Challenges of Life (6)
“At the moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Seir and killed every one of them. After they had finished off the army of Seir, they turned on each other.” 2 Chronicles 20:22
A man of praise can never be defeated. I can say this again and again. But before I comment more on praise, God instantly spoke to Jehoshaphat and Judah after that very powerful, comprehensive and strategic prayer. He told them not to be afraid. He assured them that He had taken over the battle. Great! What a great relief for the already harassed and traumatized Judah. I can hear God telling you same today. Listen, “That battle is not yours, I have taken it over.”
God specifically told them to go to the battle field the next morning. Action! My God! You have prayed enough, now you must march out against those challenges. You must go out now to face those enemies. And remember that when God tells you to go up against something, it automatically means that He has already given you the victory. True! God cannot lead you into a lost battle. No way! Listen, tomorrow arise and go against those challenges. The LORD has given you victory!
I want us to note something here, God did not actually, in details, tell Judah exactly what He was going to do. He just told them to go up against the enemies the next morning. Faith is very important in our walk with God. You cannot face and win the challenges of life without having total faith in God and His words. This is very vital! Faith! Faith! Faith! You must adjust to the divine (God's) level if you must remain a winner in this river of challenges called life. Luckily, we will delve into this from next week. Please, don't miss out.
So, Jehoshaphat and Judah obeyed God, buried their fears and marched out early the next morning. Mark the word 'early'. God's instructions must be obeyed totally and promptly. When God says today, He means today. When He says tomorrow, He means tomorrow. And when He says wait, just wait and also be very alert for the next instruction. Somany people have missed God at this point. They were not prompt to obey divine instructions, so they missed out. May God not allow us to miss out at this point in the name of Jesus! God works with time and that is why the bible also tells us that there is time for everything under the sun. There is time to stay and time to move; to take action.
Now, Jehoshaphat went to this mother-of-all-battle with a very unconventional, most unlikely weapon. Listen, “After consulting the leaders of the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: 'Give thanks to the LORD; his faithful love endures forever!' Praise God! And as they sang, the enemies began to kill themselves until no one was left. You will win this challenge before you with praise. I wish you have read about the power of praise in chapter five of my book Power of Midnight Prayer.
Praise will give you what prayer cannot afford. It is the most powerful instrument of spiritual warfare. Start now. Take off your eyes on those challenges and start focusing on the personality, faithfulness and ability of God. This is exactly what Judah did and God gave them a resounding, monumental, sweet and historic victory. I see your victory coming today in the mighty name of Jesus! Till next week, God bless!
Rev Agbo is the author of the book Power of Midnight Prayer and a minister with the Assemblies of God Nigeria. Tel: 08037113283. E-mail: [email protected]