Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Monday, 02 July 2012


By Jim Jordal

Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.  And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

2 Chron. 20:11-13, KJV

It is my purpose today to apply to the current world situation this Old Testament example of God’s deliverance for his people when all else fails. When the situation is humanly hopeless, then God comes on the scene with massive and immediate deliverance. Again and again God has revealed to his people his awesome power to deliver them from trouble of various sorts. And it will happen again.

As you read these words concerning the courageous and wise behavior of Jehoshaphat be thinking about what could happen if our national leaders today behaved in a similar manner. What is the president was to publicly proclaim that the financial situation of this country was beyond his control and that we needed God on the scene immediately? Critics would say that he had abdicated his power and that God would be of no help. But what if he did it anyway?

If you doubt God’s ultimate victory against the seemingly overwhelming forces of evil today, then Jehoshaphat’s example ought to help build your faith. There is in this example an evident progression of steps leading from absolute despair to Divine deliverance.

In this biblical episode King Jehoshaphat of Judah received word by messenger that a great multitude of the armies of Ammon and Moab together with their allies were massed at a place called En-gedi on the West shore of the Dead Sea. Jehoshaphat feared that his puny force was no match for the enemy, but instead of yielding to paralyzing fear he "set himself to seek the Lord" and "proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah." As the people gathered from all over the land, Jehoshaphat stood before the Lord in the house of the Lord and proclaimed to the assembled multitude the powerful sovereignty of God over the kingdoms of this earth.

In his public oration and prayer Jehoshaphat reminded God of what he had done on past occasions in Judah’s behalf and how God had intervened in previous episodes of war, pestilence, or famine when the entire nation gathered in and around the temple to seek his presence. He also admitted their helplessness before the enemy when he proclaimed, "We have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do; but our eyes are upon thee."

This declaration and public admission of helplessness is what brings God on the scene—whether it is personal or national. It’s a surrender of human power and wisdom to the sovereignty and will of God. It’s what substance abusers must do to find deliverance. It’s what personal salvation requires. And it’s what our nation will do when the pressure becomes great enough.

Then the situation is set for magnificent Divine deliverance. God anointed Jahaziel with the power of the Holy Spirit to lead and encourage the people in this time of national trouble. His first words to the people were: "Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle in not yours, but God's…You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord."

And then the people began to sing and thank God for his deliverance as God turned the threatening armies against each other. Instead of a great defeat there was a mighty deliverance with the by-product of great riches left on the battlefield by the invaders.

So that’s what happens when humans surrender their puny plans and fears to the far greater wisdom and power of God. This example concerned a military threat, but the principles are the same whether the threat is military, economic, political or environmental. And it applies equally to national, local, religious, family or individual issues. God is able to deliver no matter what the situation; but it requires a degree of national or personal surrender that we are not yet willing to make.

But the time when we will is coming.