Today’s world is full of challenges. Increased violence, perversity, and spiritual apathy plague our society. We as Christians know we need to do something and many sermons have been given on taking a stand and living right. Yet, year after year, it seems the enemy presses us harder and harder. All of our struggling seems to not do anything but make us stressed and fearful. What is our hope? Can things really get better? I am here to say an emphatic yes.
In 2 Chronicles 20, we read of a godly king of Judah named Jehoshaphat. He faced a crisis in his nation. The evil nations around him had allied to invade Judah. Their armies vastly outnumbered Judah’s army. This is a point when many might panic or try on their own to formulate a plan. But Jehoshaphat knew Who he served and took the problem to Him not in fear but in faith. He declares in 2 Chronicles 20:5-6:
5: And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in
the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6: And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
Jehoshaphat prayed in faith and so must we. We serve a big God who in always in control. We will not lose if we trust in Him. But then, lest we think that a ranting loud prayer of faith is always necessary for God to move, we read this profound passage:
13: And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
In times of trouble, stand. Wait upon God; see what He speaks to your heart. What He says to you is the beginnings of the strategy you need to win your spiritual battle. In the case of Judah, the word of the Lord was simple: show up and watch Him work. The next day, the people of Judah showed up where God told them to be and when they got there, they began to praise the Lord and as they praised, God defeated their enemies.
This is where strategy and spirit intersect. Fleshly strategy is entirely a mind exercise and you struggle to keep it all together. Gospel strategy is dependent on God and is not pressured but led by the Word and the Spirit. It realizes that thought alone will not work; it is the Spirit that brings the harvest. We must be dependent on Christ for our strength. Our job is to be where He sends us and speak His truth in love.