In 2 Chronicles Chapter 20, the Moabites, the Ammonites, and some of the Meunites came against Jehoshaphat, Judah’s king. Jehoshaphat believes in the Lord, and he seeks the face of the Lord with the people of Judah, and God spoke through His prophet Jahaziel (son of Zechariah). Verse 14-15 says, “Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel, son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. 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.'” All we must do is believe the Lord.
The prophet further said to them in verse 17, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” (also see Exodus 14:13). Jehoshaphat believed the word of the prophet (Jahaziel) spoke as led by the Spirit of God, and Jehoshaphat was at peace, and so his people.
Believe The Lord, The Battle Is His
In verse 20, Jehoshaphat stood before the people and said, “believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established, believe His prophets, so shall you prosper.” The people agreed with Jehoshaphat, and they all began to praise God. They were at peace and able to sing praises unto God instead of running helter-skelter only because they believed the battle is not theirs but the Lord’s.
If Jehoshaphat had reacted to the enemy’s invasion with fear, he would not have even probably remembered to consult the Lord. But instead of been fearful, he chose to have faith in God, and a word came from the prophet to him, “the battle is not yours but the Lord’s.” So, fear is a reaction, and faith is a decision. What are your choices based upon in times of challenges, faith, or fear? Our victory in all circumstances is anchor to our faith in God, without faith it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6).
The Widow’s Olive Oil
One of the wives of the sons of prophets cried to Elisha that her late husband’s creditor is coming to take her two sons for slaves because she doesn’t have anything to pay the debt. The prophet asked her what she has in her house, and she replied, nothing but a jar of olive oil. Why did the prophet ask what she has in the house? Because the solution is within, and so are you, the King of kings’ dead raising power lives inside you – the Holy Ghost.
The prophet replied with specific instructions. 1) Go and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. It doesn’t matter whether your neighbors like you or not. Ask all of them and don’t be afraid to ask. 2) Don’t ask for just a few: that is. She should collect as many as possible. “Ask, and it will be given” to you 3) Then go inside and shut your door behind you and your sons, why? The solution is in the secret place of the Lord ). Pour oil into all jars and fill each of the jars: that is, make full use of God’s given potentials and do not underestimate the mighty power of God (See 2 Kings 4:1-7).
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7)
Believe The Lord & Receive
The widow believed the prophet’s word, she did as instructed, and she was able to pay the debt and prospered. But note, the oil only stopped when they had no more jar to pour the oil. You can only receive from the Lord according to your ability. Remember, the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you (see Romans 8:11).
Your challenge might be different from this widow, but the answer to all desires remains the same. Spiritual growth, grace to work with Christ daily in truth, health, finance, family, marriage, career, promotion, peace, joy, etc. are all in one source. The Word of God the power of God. You only need to do what the widow did, she believes in the Lord, and she was established; she believed His prophet, and she prospered (See Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Thessalonian 5:24).
2020 has been a challenging year, But I pray that 2020 shall end in praise for you and your family. In Jesus’ mighty name.