In 2 Chronicles 20 King Jehoshaphat was surrounded by three massive armies. Like many of us, his first response was panic. Instead of being paralyzed by his fear, he chose out of vital necessity, to seek God for help and called a fast for all Judah. He didn’t face the fear alone, he surrounded himself with all Judah and Jerusalem to seek God’s strategy for their impossible situation. God showed up and surrounded them with His direction and favor (Psalm 5:12).
In August TBN and Michael W. Smith hosted a free Sacred Assembly at the Nashville Bridgestone Arena called Surrounded. I had the privilege of being there in person. It was amazing and has impacted our city as we together, as a nation, choose to surround ourselves with God’s strategy and favor. Click here to watch Surrounded at watchtbn.tv.
What is surrounding you? Sickness, disappointments, financial stress, relationship stress? It is time to stop looking around and look up. Surround yourself with God’s presence and fellow believers. Follow David, Jehoshaphat, Esther, Daniel and a host of others who when faced with impossible “inquired of the Lord.” Want to win? You can with God’s strategy. But you have to be willing to face your fear, stop and seek God’s answers. Often God’s strategy offends your mind – David against a giant, Joshua march around a fortified city, Daniel praying three times a day, Esther calling a 3-day fast. Jesus saying forgive those who sin against you. God says don’t speak or dwell about the past hurts but focus on what God is saying today. (Isaiah 43:18-19) The strategy was different but the principle the same – they inquired of the Lord for His divine strategy. Some went to battle alone, some surrounded by others. There is no magic formula, “do this…” Each time we face impossible we have to inquire of the Lord for His strategy.
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is waiting, waiting for His children to turn away from their distractions, idols, and return to Him and cry out. Don’t be stopped by fear, but use your fear as a spring board for your faith.
“God what is Your strategy for my struggle, my armies, my giant approaching me?”
Memorize Psalm 5:12, “For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.“
Do you believe in God? Do you believe He is indeed the God of miracles. Accept the challenge of the song Oceans, “…take me where my faith is without borders…” What is the requirement for a miracle? You have to have a situation that requires one.
Whatever you are facing, BELIEVE today that God is bigger than your struggle, your giant. Recently when revisiting the life of David I saw something new – the giant that David faced was the one that God had equipped him to defeat. Think about it. If his trained in battle brothers had accepted the challenge to face Goliath, they would have gone with all their armor and training but it could not have matched Goliath’s might and training in battle.
David came with a sling and a stone that God had been training him for his whole life in the back side of a shepherd’s field. All alone, unnoticed, seemingly minuscule and of no great value. Yet, it was the only tool that could penetrate Goliath’s might. Don’t you love that David said, “… You come with a sword and a shield and a javelin. I come in the Name of the Lord God Almighty of Israel ….“ (1 Samuel 17:45)
What does the New Testament say to us about our weapons? 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “…mighty to the tearing down of strongholds…” Ephesians 6:10, “Be strong in the Lord and the POWER OF HIS MIGHT…”
God has not left you without weapons. Inquire of God for your specific giant. Look around, take inventory, what AND WHO has God equipped you with. What are your “five loaves and two fish” that you can put in God’s hands and watch Him multiply for your miracle.
God is not slack concerning His promises. Say with Jehoshaphat, “I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on You.” Jehoshaphat fasted, prayed, praised and listened. He surrounded himself with others seeking God’s help. God spoke and Jehoshaphat went. Jehoshaphat initially quieted himself in the face of his fear and sought God for His strategy. But he did not remain stationery, he went where he was sent. When he arrived God had already won the battle on Jehoshaphat’s behalf. The only thing left for Jehoshaphat to do was to pick up the spoils for three days – 3 days of just picking up the spoils of a battle they didn’t have to fight. After he had picked up the spoils, he stopped and thanked God for the victory.
This is Thanksgiving week, take time to reflect and thank God for what He has done for you. Be specific. Consider things you may often overlooked. Last night at our Life Group someone shared this,
“What if you woke up this morning with ONLY the things that you had thanked God for yesterday?” Take inventory, what would you have if you only had what you had thanked God for yesterday?
Without God we can’t, without us He won’t. Luke 1:37, “Nothing is impossible with God.”
SONG: Surrounded – Michael W. Smith
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