When the king and all his forces are united against you and you are in a fight for your life, these are good left-overs from my online visit to Ken Isom’s Sunday School class.
Ken relates a personal story of when he was in charge of a Teen Challenge group. Teen Challenge was on a shoe string budget when the cook quit. Bad news to have a COOK quit when you have twenty or so young men to feed. But bad news had only begun. The public school which had been providing classes, quit doing so leaving them no plans, no material. Building inspectors ordered that a sprinkling system must be installed for fire safety. And to top it off, there would be a $500 a day fine until it was done.
Ken said he was rather relieved at the last bit of bad news. Do you know why? Because he now recognized the situation was far more than he could handle. At first he started making plans about appealing to his supporters for help and for anything else he, personally, could do to get money. But at the last bad news, he recognized it was a time to appeal to God! The same God who rescued Jehoshaphat when King Ahab and three other united forces was coming against Israel.
America is in a fight for its life. He gave this advice about voting: Make your decision on the Bible standards. 1. Sanctity of life 2. Sanctity of marriage 3. regard for religious freedom (I, at this point add this to the left-overs. 4. we must be a friend to Israel.)
God did come through for Israel as they fasted and prayed and sought God for help. God told them “The Battle is Not Yours, but Mine” (2 Chron. 20:15-17) “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you….The Lord will be with you.”
What did the people do? They fasted and prayed, then went out to meet the enemy with singing and praises to God for the splendor of his holiness!
What did God do? He set ambushes against the enemy.
What did the enemy do? They turned against each other and “destroyed one another…until no one had escaped.” (verse 24)
GOOD LEFT-OVERS FOR US TO “EAT ON” THIS WEEK. LET THE PRAISES BEGIN.