“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” 2 Chronicles 20:3
The initial reaction of Jehoshaphat, king of Israel, when he heard ‘a great multitude is coming against him from beyond the sea, was fear. This reaction, fear, when we hear bad news or unexpected events happen, is human frailty. All negative situations, like examination, interview, fight, distrust, enmity, death, etc.; invoke fear. And fear is not bad in itself if we treat it in the right way.
What do we do when fear strikes?
- Look what Jehoshaphat did when he feared. He set himself to seek the Lord; that’s it. When we are afraid seek God. Jehoshaphat was the king of Israel but has no false pretention, no boasting that he was capable of destroying his enemies without anyone’s help, even God. He analyzed the magnitude of his enemy, realized his own frailty and submitted himself to God.
To seek God first of all we have to submit our will to Him and realize God is almighty and we are just human.
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1
- ‘Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah’. Fasting is a form of penitence. Before seeking the blessing of God Jehoshaphat repented his mistakes and prepared his country to receive the grace of God through penitence. Because he knew that if he submited himself to God he would receive the ultimate protection of God.
Bible anecdotes are simple truths and ways help mankind to lead a peaceful and blessed life.by