JEHOSHAPHAT’S STANDING BEFORE GOD
Jehoshaphat was king of Judah from 872-848 BC. He ruled after his father, Asa. It is recorded that:
He did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. 5 Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand.
The LORD established Jehoshaphat’s kingdom and he became rich.
The time came, however when trouble reached Judah and the king. In 2 Chronicles 20, we read that the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. They are described as a great multitude and we see that Jehoshaphat was afraid. In his fear, he sought the Lord God Almighty, YHWH.
2 Chronicles 20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,6 and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. pIn your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7 Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ 10 And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— 11 behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Jehoshaphat worshiped in sight of all the people. As a result all the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship to God and arose singing God’s praises and…
the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. 2 Chronicles 20:22
WHAT SHOULD WE DO WHEN TROUBLE COMES?
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.