The Light of the World, Jesus, revealed throughout the past year what lurked in the dark corners of the world, the church, and within the hidden places of our hearts.
Our instinct may be to run from the Light, defend the darkness it revealed, or unknowingly prosecute the One who revealed in order to heal.
The Kingdom of God is not in jeopardy. Perhaps our personal kingdom is the one at risk and it has made us uncomfortable.
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat faced a “great horde” coming against the Kingdom of Judah. At this time nationally, globally, and personally we face many “great hordes” in our lives.
King Jehoshaphat’s response when he feared the impending invasion of the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites was to seek help from God, fast, pray, and worship. He called for the entire Kingdom to unite together in this holy posture.
While humbly seeking the Lord together, God speaks the answer to them in verse 17, “You will NOT need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.”
Disputing opinions, slander, and refusing to clothe their souls in humility didn’t lead to God’s provision and rescue of Judah. Those sinful distractions would have led to dissension, confusion, and destruction.
Their unified, humble posture of seeking and relying on God’s help alone preceded the answer to their problem.
Once King Jehoshaphat received God’s instruction, he appointed people to go before their army praising and singing to God, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever (verse 21).”
With hearts focused on God, voices lifted towards God, God protected them, blessed them, and provided a period of “rest all around (verse 30).”
They received victory without lifting a sword, WITHOUT entering the FIGHT.
May followers of Jesus hold the same holy posture at such a time as this. May we quiet our external campaigns (and remove displays that designate Jesus as our mascot instead of our Savior), humble ourselves, and repent, offering our broken spirits as a pleasing sacrifice.
May we admit “we don’t know what to do” and turn our eyes upon Jesus. May we surrender our opinions and idle speech and in unity seek first the Kingdom of God, fast, pray, and worship. May the testing of our fruit reveal the godliness within us.
Friend, may we welcome His Light within us. May we embrace His ways and surrender our own. May we be a trusted soul who carries His Light into a desperate world. May we yield to the Light of the World wherever He may lead.
His Kingdom > all the great hordes.
His Kingdom > than our thoughts and opinions.
His Kingdom will reign now and forevermore. Amen.
“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.” John 3:19-21 MSG