In God We Trust
2 Chron 20:1-22
It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. 2 Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, "A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar" (which is En Gedi). 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, 6 and said: "O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 9'If disaster comes upon us — sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine — we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.' 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir — whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them — 11 here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."
13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD.
14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, "Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you:'Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you."
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high.
20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper." 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: "Praise the LORD,For His mercy endures forever."
22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. NKJV
In this passage we have one of the most tremendous acts of faith and trust to be seen in the Bible. Israel has three other nations that have joined against her. There seems no way they can win against such overwhelming odds. But Jehoshaphat brings the matter to God. God returns that act of trust with a message of hope, even victory. Israel will not have to fight the battle. They will only have to claim the victory.
Today we would call a meeting of the joint chiefs and set out a plan for the military. No sense bothering God with this matter.
I. Our past
A. In 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote our national anthem
1. Look at the last verse
a. Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
2. I just finished reading “The Light and the Glory” by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.
3. During the Civil War they decide they should acknowledge the One who preserved them.
a. So the first coin with “In God We Trust” was minted in 1864
4. Every early state constitution acknowledged God.
II. Our present
A. The ACLU “Anti-Christian Lobbing Union” has done all that it can to remove every mention of God from the public square.
B. Our schools no longer teach the Christian basis of our nations history.
1. As matter of fact a high school teacher out west now has to submit all his lessons to school administrators because he was distributing historical documents that mention God to his students.
2. Now he cannot even give them copies for the Declaration of independence.
C. Fewer and fewer people go to church or worship God at all in our nation.
D. Instead of trusting in God we:
1. Trust in ourselves
2. In our military
3. Our wealth
III. Our future
A. A recent article that I read said that only 4% of our present teens will go to church.
1. That sound like a bad thing to me.
2. Even the early puritans had a similar problem
3. They ended up having what they called half-way covenant members.
4. Members who wanted their children baptized even though they did not attend church.
B. God has preserved our nation over and over agin.
C. But only when they put their trust in God.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. NKJV
10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him.
And all the upright in heart shall glory.