Last Sunday we had a guest speaker at our church and did God ever speak through him. I would like to share what I can with you guys.
After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. 2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar”,that is, Engedi. 3 Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, 6 and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7 Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ 10 And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— 11 behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
13 Meanwhile all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
2 Chronicles 20:1-13
Lots to read, sorry guys! So he started out this sermon by asking a question, or more like a statement, what to do when you don't know what to do. Times are tough, and if they aren't right now for you, they will get there soon. And in that time when there seems to be nothing that can be done we wonder, what can be done, what do I do? There were 3 things. Pray, trust, and worship. Today we are going to look at pray. The first thing to do is to remember God's past. Look at verses 5-7. Jehoshaphat just learnt that two and a half groups of people were coming to attack those in Jerusalem. He was afraid, he admitted it in verse 3. But, he remembered God had provided before. If God has saved us before He will do it again. Read Psalm 77:11-13,
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
God has parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites, He held the mouths shut on the lions for Daniel, He guided the stone to hit Goliath's head for David and whatever else you guys can think of. He has helped us before and He will do it again. Don't ever think God can't do it because He can.
Next is to remember that it's the Lord's Church. Look at verses 8-11. We are His, He is ours. He makes promises, and He will always keep them. He won't just watch us suffer, He will help us because we are His. He loves His church, His children.
Last, is to remember to turn your eyes to Him. Look at verse 12, but look mostly at the last line. "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You." Don't search up something on the computer for help, don't only just go to people who are smart and know lots. You have to go to God for help. Fix your eyes on Jesus, not you. We need to learn how to follow Him because we can't lead God. Read His word, listen to His voice, He will show you. He knows what is going to happen next and He knows how to solve it. We don't know what is going to happen next and we don't know how to solve it. So, it is either Him or you. We aren't great and mighty and never will be, but God is and always will be.
I hope it made sense. The pastor said it so much better.
God bless you all!