Read: 2 Chronicles 20:1-29

In a battle that Israel faced long ago, it was losing the battle. Yet they found a more honourable way to win. When messengers told King Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria” (2 Chron. 20:2), he was afraid. Instead of turning to military strategies, he did one amazing thing. He turned to the Lord. He acknowledged God’s sovereignty and was humble to admit his fear and confusion.

Jehoshaphat said, “We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chron. 20:12). Then the king did another amazing thing. He chose singers to go before the army into the battle. Instead of a war cry, the singers sang of God’s mercy and love (2 Chron. 20:21). The result was surprising. The enemies of Israel turned against each other (2 Chron. 20:22-24). In the end, “the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around” (2 Chron. 20:30). What an unusual strategy to win!

Even today, our God is a specialist in doing surprising things. Life can be harsh with overwhelming challenges. It is good to have a fear about uncertain things. That will act as a spur to rely upon and trust in God alone. If we trust in ourselves, we are sure to be defeated. Ps. 118:9 says, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” Again the psalmist says, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Ps. 20:7). Isa. 49:23 says, “…For they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.” Let us trust in Him more than anything. He specialises in the unusual methods. Let us let go of our panicky plans and let us be open to the Lord’s amazing answers. Our God is unfailingly reliable.

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