“…Hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall you be established; believe his prophets, so shall you prosper.” – 2 Chronicles 20:20
When King Jehoshaphat faced the greatest crisis of his life – an enormous invading army from Moab and Ammon – he turned to God in an exemplary manner. He led his people to prayer and fasting, as we all should do under seemingly impossible circumstances.
God then spoke through the prophet Jahaziel. The man of God encouraged the people and said:
“You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand you still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:17
The next morning, the LORD God gave them a miraculous victory – just as the prophet had predicted.
The assembled men of Judah marched in accordance with the words of the prophet to the wilderness of Tekoa. As they marched forth, Jehoshaphat stood and called upon them to trust firmly in the Lord and His prophets. He ordered them to march, not for battle, but to assure themselves in faith, of the wonderful help of the LORD. He placed the singers of the Lord in front singing praise in holy array, marching forth before the army and thanking the Lord in advance for the help He would deliver.
Matthew Henry comments: “Jehoshaphat exhorted his troops to firm faith in God. Faith inspires a man with true courage; nor will anything help more to the establishing of the heart in shaking times, than a firm belief of the power, and mercy, and promise of God. In all our trust in the Lord, and our praises of him, let us especially look at his everlasting mercy to sinners through Jesus Christ. Never was an army so destroyed as that of the enemy. Thus God often makes wicked people destroy one another. And never was a victory celebrated with more solemn thanksgivings.”
When they began to sing and praise the LORD, their enemies were discomfited and began to fight among themselves. They were smitten by God without Judah having to lift a hand against them.
In times of crisis we should also fast and pray, believe upon His Word, and seek out God’s true prophets for understanding.
In addition to His written Word, Jesus has appointed prophets in the New Testament church to give us special revelation from God during troubling events, as well as day-to-day guidance for our spiritual lives. Contrary to what dispensational churches falsely teach, the Eternal God is still speaking today through His true prophets. They are men and women of God who He has raised to preach, teach, and prophesy under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Only when we listen and obey God’s prophets shall our Christian lives be firmly established, and everything we do shall prosper and succeed.
– Luis Josephus