Summary: The original meaning of gospel hope is strongly united with Grace. In other words, when someone was in a posture of hope they were solely depending on the Lord's grace. “God, Your grace is bigger than…”
A Posture Of Hope Second Chronicles 20:1-4NLT
The story is told of a pastor of a large church who had a dream one night that really opened his eyes. He dreamed that he could see his own church worship service on Sunday morning. But there was something very strange happening.
The choir was singing. The mouths of the choir members were open......but no sound was heard.
The people in the congregation were singing. But there was nothing from their mouths, either.
The pastor himself got up to preach his typical Sunday sermon. He opened his mouth to preach.....but nothing came out.
There was absolutely no sound at all in the entire worship center. Then, the pastor saw a little girl up in the balcony and heard her little voice singing, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me."
The pastor was confused and suddenly woke up.
"Lord, what was I dreaming? It doesn’t make sense to me." He asked.
The Lord spoke to his heart and said, "Pastor, you just saw a picture of what I see in your ministry and in your church every Sunday morning. People are singing and you are preaching.......but I hear nothing. Your heart is not focused on me. You are focused on yourself. The only one I heard in your church last Sunday was the little girl in the balcony who matters to very few people in your church. But she matters to me......because she came to church today with the right motive: to love me with all of her heart!"
After this, the armies of the Moabites, Ammonites, and some of the Meunites declared war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.)
3 Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. 4 So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the Lord’s help.
Notice that Jehoshaphat’s first response was terror and fear; however, he didn’t camp out there, he didn’t stay in that mindset. He moved rather quickly into a mode of seeking prayer, asking the Lord what to do. Requesting Judah to begin fasting.
These 4 armies were more than enough to destroy Jehoshaphat and his army. In-fact, these armies were known for destruction. They were the offspring of Lot and Esau and their intentions were to dethrone Jehoshaphat. Moreover, because of the mountains on the other side Jehoshaphat couldn’t see them coming, presenting more threat.
After Jehoshaphat’s initial reaction, Jehoshaphat begin to seek the Lord. He was in a posture of hope.
Usually in this day and time, people use hope in a negative manner like, “I hope I get better’ or ‘I hope God will come through.” However, That’s not gospel hope, that’s kind of sickening.
The original meaning of gospel hope is strongly united with Grace. In other words, when someone was in a posture of hope they were solely depending on the Lord's grace. “God, Your grace is bigger than…”