Valley of Beracah
Back in ’88, my husband and I bought our first car, my dream. A Pontiac Grand Am. I was so excited! Life was good and getting better, in time my thoughts turned to a different car and how life would be better with it.
We all know this cycle because we’ve all been there. Believing some new purchase or status or even a new relationship will make life worth living. Then we get it and too quickly we look to the next thing. The truth is really is more is less. True joy isn’t found in accumulating more but in giving more of myself away.
The ancient battle account I read this morning is similar in truth in that sometimes we need to do the opposite of what makes sense to us.
King Jehoshaphat received word a vast army approached. He gathered the people and prayed before the temple of God asking for help. I love his humility & openness.
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12
God sent guidance through one of his servants who reminded them the battle was God’s and that deliverance would come. So Jehoshaphat prepared the army then marched out to the desert to face the enemy all along telling the people to have faith. The king even appointed men to lead the way with singing.
“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set up ambushes against the men.” 2 Chronicles 20:22
When Judah arrived they found only dead bodies as God caused the enemy alliances to turn on each other. Israel’s response? More praise!
“On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Beracah to this day.” 2 Chronicles 20:26
O how rich this 20th chapter is! What a beautiful lessons for us as we go out to this day and all the ones ahead!
When the day is great, praise God. When the enemy comes at us and we are headed into battle in a dry desert, praise God. While we are waiting for God to move, praise God. When the victory comes, praise God!
Lord, sometimes I lose sight and forget the battle is yours. I forget you are the author of victory not me. Remind my heart you are near and in control. May I learn to camp out in the Valley of Beracah and praise no matter the circumstances around me! Amen!