The story of King Jehoshaphat is common knowledge in Pentecostal circles at this point. But the actual incident is way more intriguing than we think.
Three kings came together to set aside their differences just to come against King Jehoshaphat and his Godly kingdom. It is hard enough setting up a battle plan to take on one kingdom, but King J was now facing 3 kings on the opposite corner of the ring.
What would have been our reaction in such a situation. It is plausible that we would have immediately convened a national defense meeting with all the Generals and lieutenants. Some of us may have even come up with surrender negotiations to lessen the impact of the invasion. There would have been a select few, who would have tried to escape the city and abandon the nation.
King Jehoshaphat was a man of God. Even when he became king, he decided to follow the paths of his Godly ancestors in King David rather than the wicked kings of the past.
By faced by this seemingly overwhelming opposition, he decided to do these 3 things.
Turn to God first
Before the army was gathered and the generals went into positions, King Jehoshaphat turned to God. Often we treat the Lord as our last resort than our first call in times of emergency.
Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. 2 Chronicles : 20:3,4
Jehoshaphat not only turned to God, but he encouraged his people to do so too. In times of terror, it is common for panic to set in and for people around us to lose their composure. But as a Child of God, we should be the voice to turn their focus from the problem to our Provider.
Remembering God's faithfulness
The second thing King J did was to remind the Lord of his past miracles. He started declaring all the wonders that God had performed for his people in the past. Sometimes we need to do a spiritual roll call of what the Lord has done. Instead of worrying about what has to be done, when we remember what the Lord has done in the past, our faith is built up.
Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. 2 Chronicles : 20:12
We are ordinary people facing extraordinary problems with the help of the supernatural God. In a crisis, confession matters the most. When we testify of the Lord's goodness, we are able to face any struggle with the assurance that the same God who came through for us in the past will deliver us once again.
Praise in front of power
Jehoshaphat's battle strategy could probably win the award for strangest battle plans in history. On hearing God's response through his prophet, the king decided to completely put his trust in the Lord and sent the nation's worship team in front of the army.
Instead of retaliating to the attacks of the enemy with our own physical strength, we should follow this king's example. When we praise and worship our Lord in front of the enemy, he will cause the enemy's camp to go into confusion. Praise plunders the enemy's camp and it confirms that we are not there to fight our own fights but instead our battles belong to the Lord.
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles : 20:21
The next time you are faced with an impossible situation, remember King Jehoshaphat's example. Turn to God first, remember his wonders and praise him in the face of the enemy. Before you know it, you will see the mighty hand of God fighting your battles for you.