by Christina Rose
After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever! At the very moment, they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 2 Chronicles 20:21-22 NLT
The people of Judah felt overwhelmed by the three enormous armies that were about to destroy them. They must have felt like terrified squeaky little mice who were about to be devoured by big, bold lions. Knowing how hopeless their circumstances were, they called on God to rescue them. The day before battle, King Jehoshaphat bowed with his face toward the ground and all the people of Judah bowed down to worship the Lord with him.
Early the next morning, Jehoshaphat appointed men to march while boldly praising the Lord as if the battle had already been won. As they marched in front of their army, loudly praising God, He threw their enemies into confusion, who then turned on themselves, slaughtering one another. Not only were their enemies defeated, the people of Judah spent three days collecting the spoils of war that had been abandoned.
Paul and Silas were arrested by officials who severely beat them then placed them in an inner dungeon with their feet clamped into stocks. It is likely their injuries were serious. They had no idea if they would survive this imprisonment.
Rather than hopelessly whimpering or feeling like terrified little mice, they chose to trust God.
Throughout the night they sang bold hymns of praise while the other prisoners listened. Around midnight, a massive earthquake leveled the prison. Every door swung open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off. It was a glorious display of Gods magnificent power to set everyone free.
When my daughters were young, we would load up the little red wagon with a picnic and spend the day at the zoo. As feeding time approached, the bellowing, bone-chilling, thunderous roars of lions resounded throughout the zoo. Despite their being behind bars, we never got too close to the lions. We hung back, wondering if they could be strong enough to break through those cages and pounce on my little girls for a quick and tasty meal. While their majestic presence and intense stares were impressive, it was their bellowing, resounding roars that inspired the greatest awe and fear.
If the people of Judah were scared, squeaky little mice when they went into battle, they would have been squashed immediately. But God responded to their bold and mighty lion-like roars and protected them.
If Paul and Silas had been whimpering in jail like terrified little mice they most likely would have ended up dying there. Instead, God honored their trust by shaking the earth, breaking their chains, and setting them free.
Sometimes the squeaky little mouse in me threatens to overtake me. I can feel myself shrinking in fear. But then my big, bold lion leaps to the forefront, reminding me of whose I am. We were born to be mighty warriors and to roar to the world that nothing is impossible when we call on our God with songs of worship and praise.
And when we do, He may well conquer our battles for us before they have even begun.
But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!” 2 Chronicles 20:17 NLT
About the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer and speaker certified by the John Maxwell Team of Leadership. She is a DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution) whose ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. A devoted mom of two daughters and great aunt to over 40 nieces and nephews, Christina loves spending time in nature and hosting gatherings for family and friends.
Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. Her marriage in shambles, Christina finds herself in a desperate situation with no resources other than herself. After appealing to heaven, the Lord takes her on a journey of awakening and miraculous empowerment. That power that is available to us all, especially those who are in need of hope and freedom.
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