2 Chronicles 20* The danger and distress of Judah. (1-13) Jahaziel's prophecyof victory. (14-19) The thanksgiving of Judah. (20-30)Jehoshaphat's alliance with Ahaziah. (31-37)1-13 In all dangers, public or personal, our first businessshould be to seek help from God. Hence the advantage of days fornational fasting and prayer. From the first to the last of ourseeking the Lord, we must approach him with humiliation for oursins, trusting only in his mercy and power. Jehoshaphatacknowledges the sovereign dominion of the Divine Providence.Lord, exert it on our behalf. Whom should we seek to, whomshould we trust to for relief, but the God we have chosen andserved. Those that use what they have for God, may comfortablyhope he will secure it to them. Every true believer is a son ofAbraham, a friend of God; with such the everlasting covenant isestablished, to such every promise belongs. We are assured ofGod's love, by his dwelling in human nature in the person of theSaviour. Jehoshaphat mentions the temple, as a token of God'sfavourable presence. He pleads the injustice of his enemies. Wemay well appeal to God against those that render us evil forgood. Though he had a great army, he said, We have no mightwithout thee; we rely upon thee. 14-19 The Spirit of prophecy came upon a Levite in the midst ofthe congregation. The Spirit, like the wind, blows where and onwhom He listeth. He encouraged them to trust in God. Let theChristian soldier go out against his spiritual enemies, and theGod of peace will make him more than a conqueror. Our trialswill prove our gain. The advantage will be all our own, but thewhole glory must be given to God. 20-30 Jehoshaphat exhorted his troops to firm faith in God.Faith inspires a man with true courage; nor will any thing helpmore to the establishing of the heart in shaking times, than afirm belief of the power, and mercy, and promise of God. In allour trust in the Lord, and our praises of him, let us especiallylook at his everlasting mercy to sinners through Jesus Christ.Never was an army so destroyed as that of the enemy. Thus Godoften makes wicked people destroy one another. And never was avictory celebrated with more solemn thanksgivings. 31-37 Jehoshaphat kept close to the worship of God, and didwhat he could to keep his people close to it. But after God haddone such great things for him, given him not only victory, butwealth; after this, to go and join himself with a wicked king,was very ungrateful. What could he expect but that God would beangry with him? Yet it seems, he took the warning; for whenAhaziah afterward pressed him to join him, he would not, #1Ki22:49|. Thus the alliance was broken, and the Divine rebuke hadits effect, at least for a season. Let us be thankful for anylosses which may have prevented the loss of our immortal souls.Let us praise the Lord, who sought after us, and left us not toperish in our sins.
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