Week of August 14 - Day 3

Day 3—Read: 2 Chronicles 20:13-17

 Meanwhile all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.15 And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's.16 Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 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.”

Reflect: What was God’s response to Jehoshaphat’s prayer? What specific instructions did he give the people to prepare for the impending battle?

Consider: After Jehoshaphat’s moving prayer, the Spirit of the Lord came on the Levite Jahaziel and empowered him to address the assembly. His message was one of comfort. (Twice he said, Do not be afraid or discouraged, vv. 15, 17.) The battle, he said, was not theirs but God’s. David had spoken similar words when facing Goliath (1 Sam. 17:47).[1] 

Respond: When has God given you an answer that seemed off or strange? What were the results? How has God used that situation to help you grow?

 

[1] Eugene H. Merrill, “2 Chronicles,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 634.