When life races from one pressing circumstance to another, I believe I cannot take time to be still in God’s presence.  I tell myself it is logical to take care of things first, and that I will spend time with God when things calm down.  Reading 2 Chronicles 20, I am reminded that spending time waiting on God regardless of my circumstances is the most logical thing I can do.

In verse 2 of this chapter, Jehoshaphat learns that Jordan will soon be invaded by three powerful enemies.  Though afraid, he, “Set himself to seek the Lord, and to proclaim a fast throughout all Judah.”  This caught my attention because my typical response in such a situation is to plan for my own defense, or act to protect myself.

God honors Jehoshaphat’s actions by assuring the people of Judah, “Be not afraid or dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  Verses 20-30 record the battle, Judah’s victory, and their return to Jerusalem.  It also records the effect that waiting on God and hearing from Him had on the people of Judah.  First, it affected their courage – they sang and praised the Lord as they entered the battle.  Second, it affected their gratitude because they knew who deserved the credit for the victory.  Verse 27 says they returned with joy, “for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.”

This passage encourages me to seek the Lord faithfully and to spend time waiting on Him.  As I do, God will lead me, and I will have confidence in His supply.  Then, whatever the outcome, I will know that He deserves the credit.

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