Can you say Jehoshaphat? Nice. Now, who was he and what did he do?
Jehoshaphat was one of the kings of Judah who, in his troubles, cried out for God’s help. Smart man. When he learned that armies from three nations were coming to wage war, he decided to inquire of the LORD. As he prayed with the people of Judah, he admitted, “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2 Chron. 20:12).
I’m sure we can relate to Jehoshaphat here. Received bad news? Felt overwhelmed and powerless? Like our only hope is in the Lord?
God’s answer for Jehoshaphat was this: “Do not be afraid or discouraged…For the battle is not yours, but God’s….You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you” (2 Chron. 20:15-17).
Notice, Jehoshaphat had to still go and stand, but the Lord ambushed the enemy.
God is our Deliverer. He is with us and will answer us when we seek Him. He is on our side and gives us courage and power to stand for good and do His work. May we put our faith in God. Then we, just like the people of Judah, will have good reason to bow down to worship and praise the LORD.
Thank you for the applicable and encouraging reminder!