From Fear to Victory
I came across these scriptures this morning while drinking coffee and enjoying some silence. If you have ever felt fearful I think you will find encouragement in these few verses and the story that follows.
2 Chronicles 20:1–3 (NLT) "After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, 'A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.' 3 Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the LORD for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting."
Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah and three armies were coming against him to declare war. Jehoshaphat was terrified! Have you ever felt like you were being attacked from all sides? I know I have felt this way many times! There are four kids in my house right now and I often feel attacked from all sides! But seriously, life throws terrifying situations at us all the time! Fear seems like an appropriate response.
What did Jehoshaphat do?
Jehoshaphat prayed and fasted.
Prayer is talking to God and listening for a response. It is communication between you and the God who created you. Prayer involves speaking what is on your mind and telling God all of your concerns. The Bible says that we should always be praying! (Ephesians 6:18)
Fasting, in the simplest of terms, is taking a break from eating so that you can spend more time in prayer. Fasting is a way of focusing intently on God. Often times God will bring us freedom and deliverance while fasting.
When Jehoshaphat decided to pray and fast a miracle happened! As you continue to read 2 Chronicles 20 you see that fear was replaced with worship! The armies that came to attack Jehoshaphat were defeated! The armies turned on each other and killed one another before Jehoshaphat arrived on the battlefield. The victory was Jehoshaphat's! God gave Jehoshaphat the victory because he turned his fear into prayer and fasting!
Whenever you find yourself afraid and terrified, maybe a time of prayer and fasting are in order. Skip a meal or two and use that time to pray to God. Listen to what He says and act on it.
Imagine the victory that God has for you on the other side of your fear!
Until Monday, Josh