King Jehoshaphat

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

When thinking about what to write today I thought about a devotional I read a year or two ago about King Jehoshaphat. Now, I didn't remember him at all in the Bible. I'm sure we had a Sunday School lesson on him at some point in time, but, didn't ring a bell when I was reading the devotional. But, what a powerful lesson!

Everywhere we look in the world we see things collapsing. Marriages falling apart, someone we know just diagnosed with cancer, people out of work, etc. Where do we as Christians turn when life overwhelms? Well, King Jehoshaphat had a similar problem, only his problem was an army fastly approaching to destroy him and his kingdom. He didn't know what to do either. He told his people, "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 Chronicles 20:12.

The words of his prayer resonate in my heart. At times like these it's easy to acknowledge my helplessness. God alone can help. God responded to King Jehoshaphat through a prophet with the following words, "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's" 2 Chronicles 20:15.

The prophet went on to tell Jehoshaphat to send out first the "praise and worship team" so to speak. Which tells us that when we are facing problems and don't know what to do we need to begin praising and worshiping the Lord.

We are not alone in our struggles and disappointments. When there are no answers, no medical avenues available may Jehoshaphat's prayer be on my lips: I do not know what to do, but my eyes are on you Lord.



  1. You are such an inspiration. Praising God is probably the way we should begin every day.