Background: The second book of Chronicles was written to encourage God’s people who had been exiled to Babylon and were wondering if God was still for them. This section tells of good King Jehoshapat and how he trusted in the Lord to fight for him when the odds were overwhelmingly against him.
Ask the children…
What did God’s Spirit say through a prophet to the people and King Jehoshaphat about the upcomong the battle? Who’s battle was it and how should they feel?
“He said, ‘Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.'” (2 Chronicles 20:15 )
What did God ask them to do?
“Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” (2 Chronicles 20:16, 17)
The victory was the Lord’s. He caused the enemy armies to fight amongst themselves without King Jehoshaphat’s army having to lift their swords but they did have to march out by faith.
Ask your children what battles they are fighting today? What thing in their life seems too big for them to tackle? Take it to the Lord together and then encourage them to move forward without fear and watch for the Lord’s victory.
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