Dear friends, We live in an age of distraction. It seems to me that there have never been as many things competing for our attention as we have now. It’s interesting that in Joshua 3:4, the Lord commanded the people of Israel to keep a distance of 2,000 cubits (about 800m) between them and the …Read More
Dear friends, Is Australia getting drier? The scientific definition of drought is ‘a serious or severe rainfall deficiency’ or ‘a period of prolonged dryness’. The dryness of our land is pretty obvious. Every day farmers across the country are crying out for rain, and we all should be crying out with them. But physical drought …Read More
Dear friends, Is your Christian voice penetrating hearts and minds in Australia? You don’t have to look far to see the impact of corrosive thinking playing out in our nation—it’s all over the news every day. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover powerful stories of God’s Word penetrating the hearts and lives of …Read More
Dear friends, When a friend goes to be with the Lord, it is a time of both sadness and joy. That is how we all feel at Vision following the passing of our dear friend Bob Gass, author of The Word for Today, who went to be with Jesus on June 5. We stand on …Read More
‘I love how uncompromising you are in speaking the truth of the Gospel.’ – Rachel, SA Dear friends, When you do the right thing, people notice. Even though it may not be popular, or easy, we must continue to unashamedly do the right thing—speaking the truth—because people need to hear it! Perhaps one of the …Read More
‘He appointed those who should sing to the Lord.’ 2 Chronicles 20:21 NKJV
Worship is a powerful weapon, one that can turn the battle in your favour. When King Jehoshaphat faced the combined might of three different armies, he knew he was no match for them. So he turned to God, saying, ‘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.’ (2 Chronicles 20:12 NKJV)
Here’s how God answered him: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ (2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV) Then God gave him an amazing strategy for victory. He told him to put a choir in front of his army and go into battle singing the praises of God. Can you imagine trying to explain that at the Creswell or Duntroon? You’d be sent to a psychiatrist—and that’d be one of the better outcomes!
But Jehoshaphat did it: ‘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 if that blows your mind, read this: ‘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.’ (2 Chronicles 20:22 NKJV) Instead of attacking Judah, the three armies attacked one another. Israel never fired a shot, never took a casualty, and it took them three days to gather the spoils. So when you’re in a battle you can’t win, begin to praise God and the forces of Heaven will come to your aid.
SoulFood: Ezra 3–5, John 6:35–51, Ps 127, Pro 24:19–22
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019