WE MAY NOT know what a man will do, but we know what God cannot do.
God is righteous, so he cannot lie. God is all-powerful. Hence, he cannot fail. God made time. He cannot change.
God will not break a promise—you can trust Him.
JEHOSHAPHAT did not just tell his people to trust God. Instead, he showed them how to trust Him.
He returned them to God and warned them not to sin. Then, when he heard that enemies were coming, he asked God for advice. (2 Chron. 20)
He told everyone to go without food and come together to ask God for help. They provided God with the atmosphere to do what He does best.
What you do first when you are distressed shows where your heart is.
MAN will say: Show me, and I'll trust you. However, God will say: Trust me, and I'll show you. (Ps. 126:6)
THE KING went to God, not trying to figure things out but trusting Him. So, he began his prayer by acknowledging God's sovereignty.
"Lord God of our ancestors, aren't you the God in heaven? You rule all the kingdoms of the nations. You possess power and might, and no one can oppose you." (2 Chron. 20:6)
Then, the Spirit of God came upon Jahaziel. And the Lord said: "Don't be frightened or terrified by this large crowd. The battle isn't yours. It's God's."
"You won't fight this battle. Instead, take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord for you, Judah and Jerusalem. Don't be frightened or terrified. Tomorrow go out to face them. The Lord is with you." (2 Chron. 20:15-17)
God became their hiding place.
JEHOSHAPHAT and the people bowed their heads before the Lord. Then, the Levites worshipped the Lord with loud songs.
What you do after receiving a word from God matters.
PROGRESS is easier when you follow the plan—and the condition to meet is to believe.
When you fix your thoughts on God—He fixes your thoughts.
Jehoshaphat had no stinking thinking. He rose the following morning to remind them of what they had to do.
And he said, "Listen to me, people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem. Trust the Lord your God and believe. Believe his prophets, and you will succeed." (2 Chron. 20:20)
Do you believe in God?
IF YOU trust God, it's easier to trust the process. So, when you trust the process, you will follow the plan.
You cannot have the product without the strategy—neither can you hate the process and love the product.
During the walk to Canaan, the children of Israel wanted the promised land without doing the work, which got them in trouble.
If you believe and hate trials, you're in the wrong faith.
James 2:3-4 says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sister, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Therefore, let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
My prayer for you is that you'll see the power in Christ so that you can have pleasure in trials.
WHEN YOU trust God, faith will make you believe Him. Hope will make you anticipate things, and patience will make you wait for Him.
Abraham still hoped and believed when there was nothing left to hope for. As a result, he became a father of many nations, as he had been told: "That is how many descendants you will have." (Rom. 4:18)
Faith goes up the stairs that trust has built and looks out the window that hope has opened.
Are you going up those difficult stairs? Trust Him.
YOUR FAITH in God must be content that His promise cannot fail.
The king followed the plan—he chose people to worship.
God always has an end game. He silenced the enemies of his people. So, all Israel had to do was take the loot.
What an awesome God?
Faith goes up the stairs that trust has built
GOD'S GIFTS are always better on the other side, but you'll have to possess them.
For Israel, every victory gave them more territory. However, the challenges you surmount will bring a better understanding.
Bringing it Together
YOU MUST understand that God's credibility is never at stake whenever you face a difficult situation.
Your beliefs do not get you through the trying times but your connection to God.
To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust in the dark is faith – CH Spurgeon.