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When God Breaks A Believer's Works

Text: II Chronicles 20:35-37    IBCWPM    April 18, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar



   Many may not be aware, but through studying the Scriptures, we will realize that God has always a special way in conveying His message to His people. It could be in a form of warning or an instruction so believers will not be led to a heartbreaking downfall.


   In the case of Jehoshaphat, God destroyed his works because He wanted him to realize the message of God's disapproval concerning his plan to go to Ophir for gold. In I Kings 22:48, it is written, Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber. (KJV)


   Through the ages, the most common problem of many believers has been planning things for themselves without referring to God for His approval and leading. It is always dangerous for a man to trust in man and not in God. In Jeremiah 17:5, it is written, Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (KJV) What a terrible warning to those whose hearts are being led away from the Lord.


   As we study the later life of Jehoshaphat, we could learn some essential lessons to be considered and applied in our daily lives. We must bear in mind that God wants to bless the works of our hands if we make Him number one in all areas of our life. If we truly recognize Him as our greatest provider, then we should put our trust in Him and not in our own understanding. (See Proverbs 3:5-6)  


   In Jeremiah 17:7-8, it is written, Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (KJV) These passages give the assurance of God's blessings to those who trust in Him. We believe that no man in his sound mind would like to be a failure, but if we neglect to obey what the Bible says concerning God's dealing with men, surely, we will suffer the tragic consequences of disobedience.                                      



(I)      God Does Not Want Believers To Do Things Outside His Will

          II Chronicles 20:35-37

          -God wants believers to rely on Him

          -God does not want believers to be associated with wicked


          -God wants believers' work to be blest

          -God wants believers to give glory to God



   It is important for believers to know God's will for their lives so they will be guided according to the instruction of the Lord. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:15-17, See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (KJV) We realize that our time here on earth is really short, and time will come when we'll leave this earthly life to be with the Lord; but as long as we are in this earthen vessel, it should be our concern to know and do the will of God for our lives.


   Jehoshaphat failed to please God during the later part of his life, hence, God destroyed his works. It was quite heartbreaking. May we learn from him so we may not experience such tragedy.


   Surely, God wants to bless His children, but only if they abide in His Word and live according to His will so His name will be honored and glorified.



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