Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 11, 2015

“I have chosen you” – “Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish. … Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles 20:20-30.

“20 They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa;  and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established.  Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”  21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 22 When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah;  so they were routed.  23 For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely;  and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

24 When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped.  25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry.  And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.

26 Then on the fourth day they assembled in the valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the Lord.  Therefore they have named that place “The Valley of Beracah” until today.  27 Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.  28 They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres and trumpets to the house of the Lord.  29 And the dread of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.  30 So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God gave him rest on all sides.”   2 Chronicles 20:20-30.


Today’s Scripture shows how zealously God favors His people and fights against their enemies such that Judah only needed to “stand and see the salvation of the Lord”.  We remember the verse from the preceding Scripture:  “You need not fight in this battle;  station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’  Do not fear or be dismayed;  tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”  2 Chronicles 20:17.

Other doctrine teaches that “God loves everybody!” as if it is only fair and that by saying it enough and passionately will make it so.

But, we see in today’s Scripture that God did not love the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah.  He utterly destroyed them.

Likewise, we see what the LORD did to the inhabitants of Canaan when the LORD brought His chosen people into the land to take possession of it.

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them.  You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them.  … For you are a holy people to the Lord your God;  the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”  Deuteronomy 7:1, 2, and 6.

“… he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”  Zechariah 2:8.

“7 Arise, O Lord;  save me, O my God!
For You have smitten all my enemies on the cheek;
You have shattered the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be upon Your people!  Selah.”  Psalm 3:7-8.

What would we think of our earthly father if someone broke into our home and we cried out to our father for help, but instead of fighting against the intruder, he paused and said to us:  “Well, I love everybody.”? 

Such thought is ridiculous.  It just would not happen.

We may have been bad children, but our earthly father would use every ounce of strength and wisdom and passion to fight against the intruder.

How much more will our Heavenly Father utterly destroy our enemies!

Reformed Doctrine teaches that the trust in the LORD is based in part that God has chosen us and will do everything good for us. 

“8 “But you, Israel, My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
Descendant of Abraham My friend,
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its remotest parts
And said to you, ‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and not rejected you.
10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11 “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored;
Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 “You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them,
Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.”  Isaiah 41:8-12.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:28-32.

“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation  through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.  It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”  2 Thessalonians 2:13-15.


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