Worshiping God in the Midst of Adversity (Devotion)
Worship is one of the most powerful weapons we have against the enemy when he tries to bring us down in the midst of difﬁcult situations. Worship eases doubt as we proclaim that our God is stronger than any adversity we may go through.
One of my favorite passages from the Old Testament is 2 Chronicles 20:1-22. In this passage we ﬁnd the story of how worship served as a main catalyst of God’s working in some adversity that King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah experienced.
In this story, we read that three nations come against Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah, and declare war. Upon hearing this news, Jehoshaphat freaks out! Natural reaction when people declare war on you! After getting the freaking out part out of his system, the ﬁrst thing Jehoshaphat does is pray for guidance (v. 3). Well played Jehoshaphat!
After he prays, Jehoshaphat then turns to worship (v. 6). Faced with adversity in life, he declares the greatness of God, and he worships the Lord - before God has even done anything! As their leader he set the example, and the people of Judah joined him in worshiping God (v. 18-19).
Worship was so important to getting victory over adversity that Jehoshaphat puts the “worship team” in front of the army as they go out to battle (v. 21)!
In Old Testament times, kings would send the “worship band” out ahead of the army to worship the Lord. They did this because they had a belief and a resolve that the “battle is the Lord’s” (verse 15). They had great faith that God would win the battle for them, even before the battle began.
The lesson for us here, is that our life and attitude of worship should always precede any other thoughts, attitudes, or approaches to the adversity we face in life – no matter how severe it is.
What if we had faith like that? What if in the midst of a difﬁcult time in our lives, we had faith that God was right there with us, ﬁghting our battles with us and for us? What if we worshiped God in the midst of these tough times?
I think our hearts would be encouraged, and an unbearable situation becomes a little more bearable. As leaders, we have a great opportunity, like Jehoshaphat, to set the example of worshiping God in the midst of adversity.
King Jehoshaphat and the army of Judah could have gone out and fought on their own, but instead they trusted in God. They put their worship of Yahweh in front of them as they went out to battle, and the Bible says that at the moment they began to sing and give praise to God, He gave them victory over their circumstance (v.22).
God may not give us victory that quickly – maybe not at all on this side of heaven – but what is certain, is that he will be there with us, helping to ease our pain. Because of that we have hope.
It is hope that spurs us on to worship in the midst of adversity. We have hope in the promise that in the end God is going to ﬁx all of this. When Christ returns, and the new heaven and new earth is established, there will be no more death, no more pain, no more dying, no more broken relationships, and no more adversity (Revelation 21:4)!
For that simple fact alone, we ought to worship Him!
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