2 Chronicles 20 tells us the story of Jehoshaphat, talking to the land of Judah who is about to be invaded. Jahaziel answers the prayer of Jehoshaphat, telling them not to fight in the battle, to stand and see the salvation of the Lord. To go out and face the wilderness for the Lord is with you.
“They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me, O Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God, and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” 2 Chronicles 20:20 NASB
The word succeed here means prosper.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for His loving kindness is everlasting.” 2 Chronicles 20:21b NASB
“When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against those who came up against Judah.” 2 Chronicles 20:22a NASB
Here they are going into battle; they are not a wealthy nation, they are a small nation. Israel is divided at the time, so this is talking about Judah. It looked like everything in the world was against them. They didn’t have money for an army, nor enough people for an army. They came and got a true report. You may have something in your life right now that is a true report, sickness, disease, poverty, it may be the truth, but it does not mean it is right. They said, ‘Listen to the Prophet, shut up and praise, and you will prosper.’
God’s number one plan for getting you through trouble is to learn how to praise. Joseph couldn’t praise in the palace until he could praise in the pit. Joseph couldn’t praise in the palace until he could praise in prison. Some of you think you are a prisoner in your own home, in your life because your family has turned on you, in your job, in your finances. Some of you think your body has turned on you because of sickness. Listen, it doesn’t matter what circumstance tells you, you will never reach your miracle until you can learn to praise. The key to God’s guarantee battle plan of success is praise. When you can lift your hands with cancer and say, “It is well with my soul, I know what I believe, I know what I have faithfully and diligently stood against.” You can raise your hands and say, “Lord, it doesn’t matter that there is no money in my checkbook. It doesn’t matter that my family is against me, it doesn’t matter that my co-workers don’t like me, Lord you are the one who sustains me, the one who meets my needs, I’ve taken care of my responsibility, now I trust You.” It’s when you can be in these circumstances, and on the inside be able to say, it is well with my soul. It’s not just something you say because they are words. It is something you say because you mean it. God’s guarantee victory plan is when you can praise. See, you don’t praise cancer or the poverty, or the loneliness, but you praise the Lord that it’s about to get fixed.
“When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.” 2 Chronicles 1:25 NASB
When you first read that they are going to take the spoil, you think maybe they are going to take their swords. But it says they found much among them, including the goods, garments, and valuable things. These people went to war and brought their gold, silver, precious coins, all their wardrobes. Who goes to war and does that? But see, that is because God intended their money to go to His people.
Why did they take money and jewelry with them into battle? Because Proverbs 13:22 says that the wealth of the ungodly is for the Godly. If you are dealing with financial issues, don’t worry about how God is going to get you your money. He is going to get you your money! If you are going through issues with your body healing wise, don’t worry about how he is going to heal you. You may say that the doctor says your cancer is incurable. Well, that may be true, but your doctor isn’t taking into account that God is the great physician!