Not too long ago, I came across one of my favorite Bible stories. It’s found in 2 Chronicles 20:1-22. I encourage you to take three minutes to read it.
To paraphrase, Judah was being attacked on all sides. King Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:3). He called the people of Judah together and lifted up his voice to the Lord in a desperate prayer, saying, O our God…we do not know what to do but our eyes are on you. The earthly problem and then the divine outcome is remarkable.
Tucked inside this story is my theme verse for 2020. The verse’s meaning and it’s reference (chapter 20, verse 20) is what led me to claim it:
… Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets and you will succeed. 2 Chronicles 20:20.
These words were powerfully spoken to God’s people thousands of years ago, and they are just as alive today. We are called to put our full faith in the Lord our God; and we are called to believe in His word. (Back then God spoke through His prophets; today, He speaks to us through His Son, who is the Word–see Hebrews 1:10). When we do these two things and act on them in faith, we are promised two things: we will be established and we will succeed.
So on January 1 and February 17 and April 28 and June 7 and August 22 and October 15 and December 11 and every day in between and after that, remember these two simple things: believe God; believe His word. If you truly believe in both the power and the love of God, you will then truly believe in the Words; therefore, the next logical step is to obey Him wholeheartedly. And just like King Jehoshaphat and his people were rewarded back then, you will be blessed in ways you would not have imagined…all because you lived out your faith.
Spiritual “2020 vision” is believing God, and believing His word. Let’s look forward to being established and succeeding this year as we live out our faith moment by moment.