20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mountSeir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
In 2 Chronicles we read the account of King Jehoshaphat who had been faithful to the Lord and was serving Him. In spite of that three nations came out against him. This was a terrible situation. Jehoshaphat prayed in front of all the people. His prayer, in essence, said that they were powerless and without help against these armies and their only hope was in God (vs 12). He prayed that God would do something. In chapter 20, verse 20 he says “…Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established; believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.”
This is pretty clear. Believe in God and you will be put on a firm basis; you will be settled and accepted. You will be grounded and rooted. That’s quite a thought when you are facing certain annihilation. Then he repeats himself in this prayer and prays that they not only believe in God but also remain firm and loyal to the teachings of the prophets. Then, and only then, will prosperity show up.
After this prayer they went out to meet the enemy, sending out the singers first. They didn’t just sit around waiting for something to happen. (The something that may have happened could have been a surprise attack. If we just sit around when disease is trying to destroy us we may encounter a surprise attack.) Instead they got up and went. (We should get up and do what healed people do including living well and consuming God’s foods.) They proved their faith and acted on their faith by sending the singers out in front. (We can act on our faith and send ourselves out first, singing and praising God.)
The rest of the verses recount a miracle. In verse 17 they were told that they would not need to fight, the battle was the Lord’s. They were told to wait on the Lord until He gave them further instructions and then do what He says. The truly amazing thing is that their enemies were confused and started to attack each other. They annihilated each other until there was no one left standing! The armies of Israel took three days to gather all the gold, silver and clothes left after this battle that they did not fight.
This is a startling story but what does it mean to us? When you really think about these verses and realize that this really happened, then you begin to see that your problems may end with a wonderful victory. It could be victory over sickness; victory over depression; victory over chronic pain or any number of things. If God did it for Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel He will do it for us (Acts 10:34).What looked like total destruction for Jehoshaphat was a great victory. If disease has come upon our body it will have to go! Disease has no place with us and that enemy called “disease” can start attacking itself. Our bodies are always working to be well, whole and totally healthy. We need to be sure that we believe in God and are loyal to the teachings of the prophets. They had quite a lot to say about diet and lifestyle that we need to know about.
Our situations can be a great victory. After all, the instruction is to believe in the Lord and the promises from the prophets and we will be prosperous (prosperity includes health and healing). If we believe in the Lord, His promise of health will be ours. (3 John 2). He will bless our bread and water and we will be protected from illness (Ex 23:25). After the armies of Israel gathered the spoil for three days they praised and thanked God on the fourth day. We are under the new covenant now so we are already healed because of what Jesus has accomplished for us. So we can praise and thank God now… right now, before we “see” ourselves physically healed. And just like Jehoshaphat we can have peace and quiet… “God gave him rest round about” (2Chronicles 20:30).