What do you do first when you hear about danger?
On a more basic level, what is your first thought when you are extremely afraid?
Last night, I was reading the account of a king who trusted God.
Who was he?
In the book of Chronicles, chapter 20, we find the story of something that made him afraid.
The NIV version of the Bible says that he was "alarmed."
Not only was he alarmed, but he was also "resolved."
What was the problem?
Imminent death of many in his kingdom.
He had been given a report that three different people groups, the Moabites, the Ammonites and some of the Meunites were coming to make war on his kingdom.
So, what did Jehoshaphat do?
Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said:
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you."
He continued to pray in the presence of the people.
Jehoshaphat was alarmed, as well he should have been.
His resolve was immediate.
He would inquire of the LORD and instruct the people to fast.
They came together to seek help from God.
What happened then?
God sent a message to Jehoshaphat to tell him not to be afraid or discouraged by the vast army, for the battle was not his, but the LORD’s.
Jehoshaphat’s army went out to the battle area with men that had been appointed to be at the head of the army singing praises to God.
At this point, the people who had been coming to war with them got into battle with others and among themselves, killing all those who had sought to harm them.
Jehoshaphat’s army did not have to fight at all.
God delivered them from their enemy.
Are there vast armies approaching you tonight?
Armies of despair, hopelessness and pain?
Troops of discord?
Ranks of illness?
If so, you are probably alarmed.
May you be resolved, as well, in taking it to the LORD to hear what He has to say about it.
It’s time to pray…….
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