Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Faith of Jehoshaphat

2Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
3And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
5And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.


2 Chronicles 2:2-13, King James Version

The faith of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, is revealed to us in 2 Chronicles 2.

When the children of Israel had left Egypt they passed by the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir at the command of God. Now, these same people have come to attack Judah.

Jehoshaphat did not wring his hands in dismay; neither did his courage fail. His trust was in the Lord God. He called for a time of national fasting and seeking help from the Lord. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they they came to seek the LORD. Read Jehoshaphat's prayer as recorded in verses 6 through 12, which ends, O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

Then, look at verse 13, And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. I can just picture that, can't you? The entire assembly with heads bowed, waiting for the Lord to answer the petition of their King.

What an amazing effect the faith of Jehoshaphat had on his people! How strong is your faith? What effect does it have on those around you? No matter what our circumstances, we are not called to live in a small box, separated from the rest of the world. Remember the old adage, Actions speak louder than words. So it is with our faith; everyone around you is effected by your strong faith, or lack of it!

We are told later in 2 Chronicles 2, that the Lord set up an ambush against the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, and that not one of them escaped.

Who fights your battles? Go to God and seek the faith of Jehoshaphat; seek the help of God to face your enemies. Just as He was with the children of Judah, so this same God is available to you today!

God Bless You,
Linda

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