2 Chronicles 19-23: The Face of God in the Face of Danger

2 Chronicles 20:1-4 is a wonderful reminder of how we should respond when our lives are threatened (or any time really):

After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

Here are a few things we can:

1. Then Jehoshaphat was afraid – It’s ok to be scared. Things that are dangerous are scary, and fear is natural. What we do with that fear will determine the measure and anchor of our faith.
2. Then Jehoshaphat… set his face to seek the Lord – When we are afraid, there is only one place to which we can turn. More specifically, there is only one person to whom we can turn. The Lord is our only true source of strength and security. To turn anywhere else is foolishness.
3. Then Jehoshaphat… proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah – Take seriously the call to fast and pray. We often turn to prayer as a last resort. We say, “All I can do is pray.” with an air of desperation after having exhausted all other means at our disposal. How faithless that proves us to be! We should say, “All I can do is pray!” with an air of desperation at the outset of any situation, for there is nothing more powerful that we can do than to seek the face of God, depending on Him for every ounce of strength and courage.
4. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord – the gathered church is a powerful weapon against the enemy. Contrary to popular belief, Christianity is not merely a personal relationship with Christ. That is too narrow a view. The overwhelming emphasis in Scripture is the community of faith. This does not negate the personal, but is certainly puts church involvement in perspective. We can be Christians and not go to church, but we cannot be growing, faithful, fruitful, healthy, useful, joyful Christians without joining with the body of Christ. The church is designed to be a living, breathing, mutually-encouraging, God-glorifying, burden-bearing, equipping and edifying body. Do not forsake it. It is here for God’s glory and your good.

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