And Jehoshaphat was terrified, and he set out to seek the LORD, declaring a fast throughout Judah. And Judah gathered to seek the LORD’s help: they came from all of Judah’s cities to seek the LORD.” 3–4 in 2 Chronicles 20 (KJV)
It’s one thing to decide which combat you’ll fight. It’s a different story when the combat unexpectedly enters your space. It chose to break in on you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t pray or fast your way out of it. What do you do if you find yourself in a scenario like this? When the enemy choose you, what do you do? What do you do when you’re in a situation where you’re not sure what when the enemy decides to invade your life?
Jehoshaphat was terrified as the attackers broke in. It’s okay to be scared now and then. What matters now is what you do with your fear. What comes out depends on what you do when you’re terrified.
But I am grateful to God for Jehoshaphat. He went to the church because he was afraid. His anxiety compelled him to seek God. The time of crisis, child of God, is the time to be vitally connected to God. “And all of Judah, with their small ones, wives, and children, stood before the LORD.” KJV (2 Chronicles 20:13). There was no wiggle room! Rich and poor, big and tiny, white and black, yellow, uneducated and learned, everyone of Judah stood before the Lord.
This story contains a crucial lesson for believers. When you’re being pursued by the enemy, turn to God for support. It’s time to take a stand in front of the Lord. It’s time to turn your gaze away from yourself and toward Jesus. “They were lightened when they looked at him, and their faces were not ashamed.” (KJV Psalms 34:5) All of Judah gathered in front of the Lord and began to pray. And I adore the petition they offered: “Wilt thou not judge them, O our God?” We have no might against this enormous company that is coming against us; we have no idea what to do; but our gaze is fixed on thee.” KJV (2 Chronicles 20:12). And God heard their pleas and miraculously delivered them.
You will be helped by the same God who helped Jehoshaphat and his people in their time of need.
2 Chronicles 20:1-25 is a good place to start.
Reading the Bible Every Day:
Gen 41-42 in the AM
Matt: 12:1-23 in the evening
Dr. Mike Okonkwo, the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) and a dynamic man of God with over 30 years of dedicated devotion to the Lord, wrote this article.