A Great Multitude Is Coming!
“Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram…“
2 Chronicles 20:2
Have you ever been informed that something bad is going to happen? That you have an enemy coming after you and you need to be prepared? How did you respond to the news? Were you afraid? What did you do to get prepared?
It reminds me of the time in elementary school when I was told by a fellow classmate that the block bully was going to beat up my friend and I after school! We quickly made a plan to take a new route home of which he found out and met us on the way.
While we stood there listening to him yell at us in the open field right next to my house, my friend suddenly punched the bully in the nose. I was shocked that she did it, but while he was lying there crying with nose bleeding, we ran! I probably don’t need to tell you that he never bothered us again, but did ask us to never tell a soul. 🙂
One of my favorite victory stories in the Bible is about King Jehoshaphat. In 2 Chronicles 20 he had just been told that a great multitude was coming against him and they were already on their way. The third verse tells us right away that Jehoshaphat was afraid. But here’s where it gets really good. In his fear he turns his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah.
He was right in responding this way. Verse one tells us that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites were coming to make war. That’s a lot of people! Now, if you are not familiar with it, let’s stop here because I think we should read this entire awesome victory for our devotional today.
It’s a good thing to be prepared for an attack. God tells us that we have an enemy, the devil, who prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. If we think for a moment that he can’t do any damage, we definitely should read Job 1-2 and really consider what is taking place in these chapters and who is allowing it all.
Inspired to Cherish
Let’s take time now to read 2 Chronicles 20:1-25.
As I mentioned above, this story is one of my favorite victories and I love how they worshiped the Lord while He took care of the whole battle, but it’s also one of the saddest stories to read in the Bible. Take the time now to read 2 Chronicles 20:26 – 21:1. We must be prepared, yet always seek the Lord to know exactly what to do.
Let’s get out our personal journals and head over to the New Testament and take time to write out Ephesians 6:10-18. I love these verses. If you haven’t memorized the different parts of the armor, write it out on a 3 x 5 card (maybe even draw a picture) and go over them several times a day. Before you know it, you’ll be able to point to your head and beginning with the Helmet of Salvation, say them all.
Many of you have sent me an email or a Facebook message and they are so encouraging to read. It’s fun remembering different things that have happened in my life and taking the time to share them with you. Do you have any childhood memories that you would like to share that pertain to this devotional? I would love to hear from you.
You can find the other days to this devotional here: September 1, September 2, September 3, September 4, September 5, September 6, September 7, September 8, September 9, September 10, September 11, September 12, and September 13