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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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After Jehoshaphat’s “little accommodation” of God’s word to worldly expediency, God withdrew His providential protection from Judah. As a result, the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites rose to fight against Judah. Jehoshaphat realized he had no chance to withstand them and turned to the Lord for help. In the presence of all the people and its leaders he humbly poured out his heart to God in prayer concluding: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (v 12). 

 

Immediately, Jehovah answered by the word of His prophet Jahaziel saying, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed…for the battle is not yours, but the Lord’s.”  Therefore go out, meet the enemy face to face but do not fight because “the Lord will be with you” (v 17). Jehoshaphat responded by exhorting the people: “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed” (v 20). This they did. And God fulfilled His promise by delivering them as they sang praises. Clearly, they were saved by faith in God’s promises.

 

In the same manner we are saved by faith in God’s words and His promises. The foundation of Adventism is faith in all the words God gave us through His prophets in Scripture and the writings of Ellen White. Let us continue to study these writings, accept them by faith, and live them from our hearts. Only in this way will revival and reformation come to pass in your life and in the corporate life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Fix your eyes on Christ and His word today!

 

Fernando Canale
Andrews University