Have you ever desperately needed a “word from the Lord”? Jehoshaphat did. He and his people stood before the Lord and waited for Him to speak.
All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel… He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you'” (2 Chronicles, 20:14a, 15-17, NIV).
Many times I have found myself in a troubling situation, and my response is to do all of the natural things – get upset, worry, talk to other people about it, worry some more. Finally, I will get enough sense to pray about it, but really, I’m still trying to figure out a way to fix it myself. You know, in case God doesn’t come through.
Or I look for someone else to blame. I talk to some more people so I can get them to agree with me, because then at least I can feel a little better about my situation. Let’s just be honest. And if it is a different kind of situation in which there isn’t a person to blame, then I can blame God for letting it all happen.
Maybe I’m getting too deep or personal, but this is just what is on my heart right now. I’m speaking from experience.
But I want to be different. I want to be like Jehoshaphat and come before God fasting, praying, and waiting to hear a word from Him. After all, I have access to the inspired, living, active Word of God every day. I don’t have to wait for a prophet to speak for God. God will speak to us if we will come before His Word and listen.
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130, NIV).
One of the keys to receiving a breakthrough in any situation is to read, pray, and speak God’s Word over our situation. God’s Words coming out of our mouths contain power! God created the world with His spoken Word. He gave His Word to Moses and instituted the Law to show us our sins. Then He sent the Word into the world to die for our sins.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, NIV).
It’s time to lay down the weapons of our pride, self-sufficiency, and offense. Instead, we need to take a lesson from Jehoshaphat and pick up the supernatural weapons of our warfare.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:14-17, NIV).
Our only offensive weapon against the enemy is the Word of God. Jesus used the Word when He faced down Satan in the wilderness of temptation. If the Word was good enough for Him, I’m sure it’s good enough for you and me.
So what battle are you facing right now?
Instead of meditating on your problem, why not try meditating on God’s Word? Use a concordance and look up some verses that apply to your situation. If you can’t find any, read my blog post entitled “Who I Am in Christ.” Begin to confess these verses over your life and your circumstance.
I can’t promise that your problems will be resolved immediately or in the way you expect, but I know this: if you need a Word from the Lord, He is faithful. You have only to pick up the Scriptures. Be still and know that He is God. And He is good.