Old Testament Faith Lesson
“Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” II Chronicles 20:2-3 NKJ
Jehoshaphat was the King of Judah, he loved the Lord. He sought to obey the Lord and did what was right in God’s eyes. During Jehoshaphat’s 25 year reign, he strengthened Judah’s military, campaigned against idolatry and educated the people in God’s laws. Before making any decision, Jehoshaphat consulted God’s prophets, giving credit to God for every victory. King Jehoshaphat is to be remembered as a hero of faith and one who was completely dedicated to God.
Judah had enemies. One time Jehoshaphat’s nation was under attack by a huge army. He was facing a difficult situation that alarmed him. Recognizing his helplessness, he sought God’s help. The king hosted a nationwide day of prayer and fasting. God answered the prayer by telling Jehoshaphat not to worry because the battle belonged to Him. The army would be defeated without fighting. Jehoshaphat was instructed to send an army, not of soldiers, but of singers praising the Lord. By the time Judah’s army came upon the invaders, the battle was over. The enemy army had turned on each other until they destroyed themselves. King Jehoshaphat and his forces carried away the plunder of their enemies and returned to Judah rejoicing and praising the Lord (II Chronicles 20:1-30).
The story of Jehoshaphat provides helpful instruction on the subject of prayer and trusting the Lord when going through difficult circumstances that are overwhelming and seem out of our control. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the privilege to talk and seek His help. We need not fear what comes against us, but stand firm in our faith. God knows the situation and He will provide a way out. We need to allow God to have control and fight the battle we are facing. He has promised He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
If you are facing an overwhelming battle today, give it to God and let Him fight for you. He will make a way when there seems to be no way. Trust God, knowing all things works work together for good (Romans 8:28). “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2).
Seek God. Jehoshaphat turned his attention to God through prayer and fasting in his time of need. He openly admitted his weakness and called upon the Lord (Vs 1-4).
Focus on God. Jehoshaphat reminded God of who He is (Vs 6-9).
Express your cares and concerns to the Lord. Recognize that God can do all things. Jehoshaphat first mentioned the problem to God. Second, he called attention to God’s ability to take care of the problem (Vs 10-12).
Fear not. The Spirit of the Lord came upon the prophet, Jahaziel, who encouraged Jehoshaphat and his people not to fear nor be dismayed. He assured them God would undertake the battle without fighting (Vs. 13-17).
Bless, praise and thank the Lord. When the people heard the word through the prophet, they worshiped the Lord and sang praises to Him. The people blessed, praised and sang to the Lord when they discovered the battle was over without fighting (Vs 14-24).
Experience God’s abundance. Not only did God rescue Jehoshaphat and his army, He gave them an abundance of treasure (Vs. 25). Declare Ephesians 3:20 over your life and events every day.
Faith in God. God never fails those who trust and obey His Word. No matter what we are going through, God is faithful to His promises (I Corinthians 1:9).