Jun 30 (2 Chronicles 19-23) We have been introduced to Jehoshaphat as one whose “heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord” (2 Ch. 17:6, NIV). The story of chapter 20 proves his devotion to God. The following paragraph is taken from my book.
“King Jehoshaphat was told that a great multitude was coming to make war against him. This news made him afraid, and he turned to the Lord and proclaimed a fast in Judah. All of Judah gathered together to seek God’s help. Jehoshaphat’s prayer ended in a confession: ‘We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You’ (20:12). When we do not know what to do, to whom do we look? God answered his prayer by giving a message of encouragement to Jahaziel: ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s’ (20:15). When he heard this, Jehoshaphat responded by bowing his head in worship, and all Judah fell down before the Lord and worshipped Him. Jehoshaphat relayed the encouragement he had received from God to the people: ‘Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed’ (20:20).” (“We Love Because God First Loves Us,” pages 113-114).
Jehoshaphat’s story teaches us the right priorities. He first prayed and responded in faith to a word from the Lord; he then worshiped and acted upon the word that he had received. The correct priority for us is described by Jesus: “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mt. 6:33).
– Al Gary