Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53, 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30
Heavenly Father, this is such an amazing story of Your supernatural power. It’s also a great example of the way You use individuals to change a situation.
O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”
As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.
He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” —2 Chronicles 20:12-17
Lord, I know that Jahaziel’s experience wasn’t the norm in those days. Your Spirit only came upon people in rare instances. This was long before Jesus came to earth, died, ascended to heaven, and left us with The Comforter, Your Holy Spirit. I think we sometimes forget that if we have accepted You as our Lord and Savior Your Spirit lives within us.
Jahaziel’s words changed the mood in an instant! King Jehoshapat and the people of Judah went from being terrified and discouraged to bowing in awe, praising You and shouting as loud as they could. After Jahaziel’s message King Jehoshaphat confidently challenged all the people to believe in You and to stand firm. He even appointed singers to lead the army.
Wow! What a difference a few anointed words of encouragement can make!
Jesus, our words can also change the mood in an instant. Lord, I pray that You will prompt me daily to speak words of encouragement, hope, and inspiration into the lives of everyone You put in my life. Spirit of The Lord, come upon me. I want to be Your messenger.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 1:1-18, 2 Kings 3:1-27, 1 Kings 22:41-49, 2 Chronicles 20:31-37, 1 Kings 22:50, 2 Chronicles 21:1-4