Where is God in My Pain message series

WHERE IS GOD IN MY PAIN?

Part 4 – In Position for Rescue
2 Chronicles 20:1-22

March 5, 2023
Xavier Maryland, Campus Pastor MC

 

GOD CONSISTENTLY RESCUES HIS PEOPLE

2 Timothy 4:18  The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

Psalm 34:4  I sought the Lord and He answered me, and rescued me from all my fears.

GOD DESIRES TO RESCUE US – WE HAVE TO BE IN POSITION TO BE RESCUED

1. DON’T LET DESPAIR DRAG YOU AWAY  (2 Chronicles 20:1-3)

2 Chronicles 20:1-3  After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in Hazazon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi).  3 And Jehoshaphat was afraid and set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah and Judah gathered themselves together to ask help of the Lord even out of all the cities of Judah, they came to seek the Lord.

A. Natural Responses to Crisis

1. Panic

2. Plan

3. Protest

God’s Desired Response: Pursuit

2. REMIND YOURSELF WHO GOD IS.  (2 Chronicles 20:6-9)

Philippians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

A. When we pray we need to recount the traits of God.  (2 Chronicles 20:6)

2 Chronicles 20:6  O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.

B. When we pray we need to verbally recount the track record of God.  (2 Chronicles 20:7-9)

2 Chronicles 20:7-9  O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?  8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9  ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

C. When we pray, we need to tell God the problem we are facing.  (2 Chronicles 20:10-12)

2 Chronicles 20:10-12  But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them.  11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

    • Jehoshaphat does this to allow his faith to be built up by putting his problem into a “God context.

3. EXPECT GOD TO RESPOND.  (2 Chronicles 20:14-18)

A. When you go to God in the prayer of faith, He will answer you.  (2 Chronicle 20:14)

2 Chronicles 20:14  Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah… as he stood in the assembly.

B. As God speaks to you, He will remind you that this battle is His not yours. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

2 Chronicles 20:15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’”

C. As God speaks to us, He will tell us exactly what He wants us to do.  (2 Chronicles 20:16-17)

2 Chronicles 20:16-17  Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel.  17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.

D. When the Lord gives us what He wants us to do, our first response should be to thank and praise Him.  (2 Chronicles 20:18)

2 Chronicles 20:18  Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.

4. DO WHAT GOD SAYS.  (2 Chronicles 20:20-22)

2 Chronicles 20:20-22  Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” 22  As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

Praise does two things:

1) Praise moves your heart to trust God.

Psalm 34:1  I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  At all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2) Praise also moves God.

OUR JOB IS OBEDIENCE – GOD’S JOB IS RESULTS