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The LORD Has Destroyed Your Works

September 28, 2015

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The LORD  Has Destroyed  Your Works

The Bible  has many good stories  to teach us  about God.     One that I like  is found  in 2 Chronicles,  chapter 20.     Jehoshaphat  was a good king  in Judah.     Jehoshaphat  followed the example  of King David  in seeking the LORD  and following  God’s commandments.     He even rid  the land  of many  of the idols  that the people worshiped.     Because he was faithful,  God blessed him  in various ways.

An extra special blessing  Jehoshaphat received  from the LORD  was when great armies  from the Moabites,  Ammonites  and Meunites  came all at once  to try  and destroy Jehoshaphat.     We can easily understand Jehoshaphat’s fear.     He immediately went  to the Lord  in prayer.

In 2 Chronicles 20:15,  we read how God  then sent  a prophet,  who told them,  “Do not fear  or be dismayed because  of this great multitude,  for the battle  is not yours  but God’s.”     They were  then instructed  to just station themselves around  and watch the Lord  win the battle  for them.     With this news,  Jehoshaphat  bowed down  and worshiped  the LORD.     And the people began  loudly praising the LORD.

As they went out  to the battle field  the next morning,  Jehoshaphat told everyone  in 2 Chronicles 20:20“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.”

He was such a good leader  to encourage  the people this way.     Then,  as the people  praised the LORD,  God set up ambushes  against all  of the enemies  and all  of them  began  fighting each other,  totally annihilating each other.     It took God’s children  three days  to collect  all the booty  from the slain enemies.     And,  of course,  then they praised God again.

That is  an amazingly wonderful account.     We can all learn  that we are  to praise  and worship  the LORD  and He will win impossible battles  for us  as we trust  in Him.     That is great,  and we need  to realize  that such praise  takes a heap  of trust,  love,  and respect  for the LORD  and His ways.

One would imagine  that with such  memorable miracles  in his time  of great fear,  that Jehoshaphat  would remain totally dedicated  to the LORD  all of his life.     But,  sadly  that is not so.     God’s second story is  in 2 Chronicles 20:35-37.     This story says,

And after this  Jehoshaphat  king of Judah  allied himself  with Ahaziah  king of Israel.     He acted wickedly  in so doing.     So he allied himself  with him  to make ships  to go  to Tarshish,  and they made the ships  in Ezion-geber.

Then Eliezer  the son  of Dodavahu  of Mareshah  prophesied  against Jehoshaphat  saying,  “Because you have allied  yourself  with Ahaziah,  the LORD  has destroyed  your works.”     So the ships  were broken  and could not go  to Tarshish.

Becoming buddy-buddy  with someone  who had no respect  for the LORD  was a real slap-in-the-face  to the LORD God Almighty.     Tarshish  was a port  for trade,  so this was a big,  money-making deal  for Jehoshaphat.     We all know  how tempting  it is to want  to get rich  and famous quickly.     And,  as if that wasn’t  bad enough,  Jehoshaphat  was willing  to team up  with someone  who despised  the LORD,  just so  he could get richer.

It was  in love  that God immediately  disciplined  Jehoshaphat  by breaking up  the whole fleet  of ships,  so they could never sail  anywhere.

God’s love  does the same  for us.     He blesses us  every day.     But,  when we deliberately  let something  in this world  turn our head  away from the LORD,  He will protect us  by destroying  whatever it is  that we put our trust in.

This story  from our Lord is  to gently teach us  the faithful love  of God  in protecting us  from our own sinful tendencies.     Our Lord  will destroy things  that take us away  from a true faith,  hope,  and love.

This is why,  no matter what happens,  we can trust  that God  is guiding us  to live  according to His ways,  so that we can end up  being saved eternally.     Therefore,  in all things  we give thanks  and praise  to the Lord,  saying,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  blessed be Your name  and Your love  that guides us  through every trouble  and temptation.     Please continue  to hold  our hands  and lead us home.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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