Wednesday, September 06, 2006

God's Unusual Path to Victory

2Ch 20:12-13
(12) 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.
(13) And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

When you think of ways to win a battle, they usually include:
  • Having Intelligence or information about the enemy
  • Having superior forces
  • Taking action, Fight!
  • Watching, or keeping your eyes on the enemy
  • Argue your point
But in our bible reading they did none of these things!
  • V12 They had no intelligence or special information..."neither know we what to do"
  • V12 They didn't have superior forces... "this great company that cometh against us;"
  • V13 They took no action, they just stood there..."all Judah stood before the LORD"
  • V12 They didn't look at the enemy..."O our God...our eyes are upon thee"
  • V4   They didn't argue with the enemy..."Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD:"
Yet they won!  How?  

They worshipped!  
One of the hardest things to do in the midst of the battle is to lift your eyes to God and begin to thank and praise and worship Him.  We are often consumed with the problem, but God shows us if we will praise the problem solver, He will take care of it!

They didn't look at the enemy....what is the chaff to the wheat?  Those that are sincere will recognize pure faultfinding, criticism, and jealousy and we learn to avoid that so that we may keep our hearts right, our spirits pure and stay sweet in our soul.

They believed God! and they believed the men of God!
V20b "...Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper."
Is it any wonder then, that the enemy of our soul tries to get us to doubt our leaders?

Worship, praise and faith resulted in the victory.  It isn't the world's method, it is God's method, and it always works!

2Ch 20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

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