June 21 | God’s Power

Today’s Reading:

Read II Chronicles 19:1; 8-11; II Chronicles 20:1-34

Have you ever heard the phrase, “you have to see it to believe it?”  What are some things in your life that you’ve experienced that you had to see to believe?  In today’s reading, God does something that the army of Judah had to physically see in order to believe it would happen! 

King Jehoshaphat, for the most part, honored God as he led the kingdom of Judah.  As a result, God blessed Judah.  However, even with God blessing Judah, other nations still came to fight them.  The Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites brought a large army to fight against Judah.  Jehoshaphat was afraid.  But he “resolved to seek the Lord.”  (v 20:3) 

King Jehoshaphat reminded the people of Judah all that God had done for their ancestors.  And he publicly thanked God for his presence and his provision.  In response, God spoke through a prophet and promised the people that they did not need to be afraid or discouraged.  God was going to lead them to victory.  God told them, “You do not have to fight this battle.  Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” (v 20:17) King Jehoshaphat led the people in worship. 

Amazingly, when the armies from Judah went up the mountain to fight the large army that was coming to battle them, they found that indeed God had fought for them.  The army was already defeated before the armies from Judah reached the top of the mountain.  “Then Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was quiet, for his God gave him rest on every side.” (v. 20:30) 


King Jehoshaphat had to have a lot of faith to lead the army of Judah into a battle that looked impossible to win, didn’t heWhen God told the people of Juday to stand still, do you think that made sense to themDon’t you think they probably wondered how they would win the battle if they just stood still?

But, sure enoughThat’s just what God didHe defeated those armies without the army of Judah having to even attackAsk God for that kind of faith in your lifeThe faith that allows you to stand still and trust that He has everything under control and that He will fight your battle for you.

June Memory Verse:

“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

June Memory Verse

June memory verse song

June memory verse coloring sheet

June Fill-in the blank activity

June Prayer Calendar