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Our Strong Tower who Fights

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

We have a strong tower that we can go to and find safety from the trials of this world. Many, or at least I, often fail to take this truth and rest in the promise that God does take care of His own. We have seen this truth throughout history and we have seen it in our own lives. No matter what mischief we are involved with or what questionable time lies before us, if we but trust in the Lord all will work for our good. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Such was the faith of King Jehoshaphat of the Southern Jewish Kingdom of Judah. News had come to him that the sons of the Moab and the sons of the Ammon along with Meunites were coming to make war with the Jewish people. (2 Chronicles 20:1-4)

Now you may recall that the sons of Moab and Ammon were sons of the daughters of Lot. Lot and his daughters escaped the destruction of Sodom when the Lord destroyed the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. They escaped into the hills just as the hail and brimstone became to come down from the heavens. There alone in the high country the daughters feared that they were the only souls remaining in the world. When we have unsubstantial fear we tend to come to erroneous conclusions. Which the daughters of Lot did. They got their father Lot drunk and then had relations with him. They both became with child and gave birth to sons. The elder daughter gave birth to Moab and the younger gave birth to Ammon. (Genesis 19:37-38) As history often repeats itself the sons of Moab and Ammon fought with the Israelite people. Much like the people of Lot and of Abraham did not get along well. (Genesis 13)

Now centuries have passed and the King of Judah has learned the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon are coming to make war. It was a three to one battle and the Jewish people were greatly outnumbered. It is easy to understand that this was a stressful event. King Jehoshaphat did something that rulers of this world, people of this world, and too often we fail to do in circumstances such as this, seek the Lord. Our Strong Tower and source of safety. King Jehoshaphat called his people together for a time of fasting and prayer. And that they did as King Jehoshaphat prayed, “O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. “Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? “They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, ‘Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’ “Now behold, the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them), see how they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance. “O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” (2 Chronicles 20:6-12)

This is a proper prayer to the God of the universe. Jehoshaphat begins his prayer to the Lord God with praise and recognition of God’s majesty. He confirms that the Lord is the God of Abraham the father of the Israelite nation. King Jehoshaphat acknowledges that the land that the Jewish people possess is the Lord’s and that He gave it to His people. King Jehoshaphat confirms that all they have has come from the Lord God. King Jehoshaphat also states the truth that in time of trial God is the one they should turn to for help because He is the faithful and true provider of His people. It is after the king offers glory, praise and honor to the God of the heavens that the king offers his petition for His people. This is how prayer to the Father God should be in humble submission to the Creator of the universe. This is the lesson learned from King David is Psalms. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)

God answers the prayer of King Jehoshaphat and His people the Jewish Nation while they are still gathered in assembly. God speaks through the Priest Jahaziel. “And he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)

In times of trouble, which in this world are often, our first recourse is to seek the Lord. It may be nations coming against us or a neighbor. It may be our enemies who seek to destroy us or the harsh words of a trusted friend. It could be extreme difficulty in our labors or problems in times of play. It may be personal problems with our health, finances or family. It can even be that the evil spiritual forces in heavenly places are tormenting us day and night. Take it to the Lord in prayer. It is not just the big overwhelming problems but also the little ones. It seems that when I think “I got this” in the little affairs they grown to become large and overwhelming. Take all our troubles to the Lord in prayer. King Solomon gives this heavenly advice. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

We have a friend that is closer than a brother. He stands ready, willing and able to help us through all of life’s problems. He in His love is not standing by with a band aid or a temporary fix wanting of a true solution, He is the life physician who will heal all our woes. King David knew and He tell us, “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)

Jesus our Lord and Savior and not only delivers us from the wrath of God but from the effects of the accuser of our souls Satan himself. Satan weighs us down with the chains of our sin and that burden pulls us closer ever to the pit. Jesus in His compassionate love towards us shed His blood that we can be washed clean from the weight of our sin. The Prophet Isaiah testified, “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Jesus stands at the door to our hearts, which can only be opened from the inside, and pleads to come in and fellowship with each of us. (Revelation 3:20) It is our choice to make if we would come to Him. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

As we rumble and fight our way through this world let us step back for a moment and pause upon the truth that is so freely given to us from the High Priest Jesus Christ found in 2 Chronicles 20:15, “for the battle is not yours but God’s.” God our Father the Creator of the heavens and the earth is all powerful and nothing is impossible for Him as through Him all things are possible. There is no comparable love to the love of God for He is Love. His love for you is greater than the life of His Son Jesus as the Apostle Paul testified, “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Pleasant Manor, July 25, 2015

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