Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, "A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-amtamar" (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the LORD; from all the cities of Judah, they came to seek the LORD. And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said, "O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham, your friend?
Again, Jehoshaphat provides a model for me when faced with an overwhelming situation. He recognized his fear and need for help. He determined to seek the guidance of the LORD and proclaimed a fast as the initial step. He then prayed with a significant emphasis on reminding the LORD of His promises to Israel. (read the rest of the prayer and the sequel through v25). He and the people of Judah returned to Jerusalem praising the LORD.
Problem—fasting—prayer—victory—thanksgiving. Apply as needed.
2 Chronicles 20:29 And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.
Victory—how sweet it is when it is in the Name of the LORD.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 106
Evening: Psalm 32
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