“O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.”
2 Chronicles 20:17b
As I was reading Chapter 20 of 2 Chronicles, I couldn’t help but think of the trouble and turmoil facing America and Israel today and of this message given to God’s people so long ago, what it means for both past and present.
When 2 Chronicles was written the nation of Israel faced certain disaster and destruction.
Written in this chapter are the very basics of the Biblical structure for the spiritual life — fasting, prayer, obedience, praise and thanksgiving.
Then in verse 20b of 2 Chronicles 20 I discovered this foundational truth. “Listen to me Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”
This chapter only has 37 verses, but my focus is only on the first 30.
A spiritual foundational truth lies in the middle of this portion of Scripture if one will only set aside time to read and let the Spirit open one’s eyes.
Verse 17a says, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you.”
I can’t help but think if we want God’s blessing, perhaps we should do things God’s way. It worked for Judah. I’m convinced it will work for his people today.
Here in these 30 verses is a simple clear pattern of trust and faith revealed in this word and deed.