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Trusting in God Despite Your Circumstances

I have only now started Day1 of the Pure Praise study that is happening over at The Worship Community.  Everyone is on Day 5 already!  The scripture I read was 2 Chronicles 20 and it spoke to me in many ways.

Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).”  Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (2 Chronicles 20:2-3)

The passage starts off by telling us that a number of guys had teamed together to form a massive army to make war with Jehoshaphat.  Someone happens to report this to Jehoshaphat and the first thing he feels is fear.  However, without delay he turns to God – in fact he proclaims a fast and instructs the whole of Judah to seek God.

I’ve been thinking more about fasting recently.  I have never fasted before and I think it’s time I did.  If you have any fasting experiences, I’d love to hear them.  Did you feel closer to God during this time?

O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You. (2 Chronicles 20:12)

Jehoshaphat cries out to God.  He admits that they cannot defeat this army by their own strength.  He even admits they have no clue what to do.  Despite their perceived hopelessness, they continue to trust in God.  At the moment, I have no clue what to do or what’s next for me, but all I need to do is keep focused on God.

and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

God speaks through the prophet Jahaziel.  He lets them know He is in control.  In fact they don’t even have to fight as the battle belongs to the LORD.

Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.  (2 Chronicles 20:20)

Jehoshaphat reminds the troops to put their trust in God and to accept the word that Jahaziel had brought to them.  God was going to deliver them just like He said he would.  They only needed to follow His direction.

When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed.  (2 Chronicles 20:30)

God started to do His stuff when the people began to praise!

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5 thoughts on “Trusting in God Despite Your Circumstances

  1. I too have been thinking about fasting as well, and have never done it either. Let me know if you start, and what approach you took. It is something that I am trying to pray about and ask God to help me understand better. May God be with you as well as you seek to do his will.

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  2. Andrea says:

    We are currently on week 3 of a 21-Day Daniel Fast and it has been amazing. I’ve fasted in the past and can answer your question with a YES – I always feel closer to God during these times. There’s something about consecrating the flesh, getting yourself out of the way AND setting yourself aside for prayer and LISTENING that just takes you deeper. During a fast, I always hear God clearer…sometimes things I don’t want to hear about myself and work that still needs to be done within me…things I wouldn’t under normal circumstances (outside of fasting) be made so aware. During this fast, it’s been interesting. In both a book that I am currently reading and in my daily Bible study, I have fallen upon scripture after scripture where men or women of faith, before taking that next step of faith or obedience both FAST AND PRAY. It is always stated so passively…”they fasted and prayed”…the two were hand-in-hand. I think this is because it was part of their lifestyle to fast ( a good example is Nehemiah)…when he wanted to hear from God about whether or not he should step out to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, he didn’t just pray…he fasted and prayed. This has been eye-opening for me. Shouldn’t fasting be part of our lifestyle? Shouldn’t we be setting ourselves and our desires aside more often for times of listening? I think sometimes we don’t want to hear what He has to say b/c it means we must change in some way or step out our our comfort zone in some area.

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  3. Just wanted to let you know I did a one day fast last week and it was terrific! I am praying for God to allow me to do a 3 day fast next. I encourage you to try one. There is a really good book called Fasting by Jentezen Franklin, which I highly recommend. He has also written other books on fasting as well. Would love to pray for you, just keep me posted. Your sister in Christ, Robin

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  4. I actually fasted one day also. It didn’t work out the way I expected to be honest.

    Although I didn’t eat anything, I didn’t get a much peace to read or pray. Children are not very understanding of these things!

    I will try again some time, but will try to be more prepared this time.

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