What King Jehoshaphat taught me: Trust in the Lord

OPEN YOUR BIBLE: 1 Kings 22:1-50; 2 Kings 3; 2 Chronicles 17 - 2 Chronicles 21:3

King Jehoshaphat was the King of the two - tribe nation of Israel at the same time as King Ahab and Jezebel (the rulers of the ten-tribe kingdom of Israel). Now Jehoshaphat was a righteous King whose heart sort after the Lord, and the Lord granted him favor.

During the time of his reign, he received a message concerning an attack from different countries, in his position at the time he could have asked for help from neighbouring countries and made allies with men, but King Jehoshaphat understood that Men are strong but God is stronger!

Men are strong but God is stronger!

He prays to God and God responds through a prophet,

“Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”

‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:15-17‬


The King wasted no time, he acted according to God’s word. He sent singers out in front of the soldiers to praise God for the victory. If he doubted, the singers would have been at the back or not there at all but, not Jehoshaphat! He did not rely on human strength in any way.

And guess what our God did!

“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.”

‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:22-25‬ ‭

Whatever the situation you are facing today, know that our God is the true and living God! Go to Him, seek His counsel and I pray that your heart is opened to hear Him and that you are strengthened to respond to Him appropriately in Jesus name. Amen.

God bless you!