Sermon ❯

Pastor Ron Sunday Service December 3

Primary Text: 2 Chronicles 20:1-3, 12, 14-17 Supporting Text: Deut. 4:29; 1 Ch. 16:11; Ps. 63:1; Jer. 29:11; Mat. 6:33

Jehoshaphat was Asa’s son and overall was a good king of Judah. We find his reign mentioned throughout. He begins his kingdom by removing the pagan worship from the land and he commissions the priests to teach the Law of Moses throughout the towns of Judah.

Jehoshaphat was certainly not perfect…He made a grave mistake by making an alliance with the wicked King Ahab. To make a long story short, God’s judgment falls on Ahab, and the prophet Jehu rebukes Jehoshaphat for his poor decision. Jehoshaphat begins making better decisions, both governmentally and spiritually (The Bible Guide).

Jehoshaphat and his people are faced with a grave military threat. They find themselves as the target of military aggression by their enemies on the Eastern border—the Moabites and the Ammonites.

There are times in our lives when we are faced with insurmountable dilemmas. There are times in our lives when we feel as if we are surrounded by enemy forces and we do not know what to do, where to turn, or how to respond.

When we are faced with a dilemma that leaves us with feelings of being punched in the gut, or when we feel like we are surrounded with problems and insurmountable odds, we are prone to act without thinking, make split-second decisions without praying, and depend upon our own ingenuity or the bad advice of well-meaning friends.

When we say “Let God fight your battles,” what we are trying to remind others (and even ourselves!) is that:

• God is bigger than any problem you face.

• You can trust God with anything.

• God loves you enough to fight for you.

And those truths we desperately need to hear when we are battling, right?

However, when we say “the battle is not yours,” we also need to recognize that we need need to let go and surrender the fight to God. This means:

• God will usually not fight the battle the way we would.

• God’s timing and techniques often will not make sense to us.

• God will ask us to be still and wait even though everything in us might want to engage.

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