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Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.
(2 Chronicles 20:3)

Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  If you read the chapters from last week’s post (2 Chronicles 17-20), you are good to go for today.

There are so many tidbits to cover in 2 Chronicles 17-20 that I must go back and point out more.  That goes to show you . . . you can never glean every last thing from scripture.  Keep digging. There is no last thing.  There is always more.

I’m so glad you are here with me, combing through scripture for examples of God’s faithfulness.  I was surprised by all God has for us here in one verse.  You read that right.  We will dissect only one verse today.

There are three points to highlight in this one scripture alone.  I know!  That’s why the four chapters in the Book of 2nd Chronicles (2 Chronicles 17-20) will likely take us longer than either of us expect.  I like surprises (and adventures), don’t you?

My fellowette embracer, I hope you will return each week for the highlights.  While combing through these passages, I think you will fall in love with these faithfulness truths (like I did so long ago).  We will view layer upon layer of God’s faithfulness to His people.  If you have faith through Jesus Christ, “His people” includes you and me, sister.

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God demonstrates His faithfulness to His people in general (even when wayward!) but most pointedly to the Kings who were Godly kings.  Like his ancestor, King David, Jehoshaphat had a heart for God.  We saw last week that King Jehoshaphat brought about Bible study and revival throughout his kingdom while times were good.

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The blessing from Jehoshaphat’s faithfulness was peace in the land, at least for a while.  While Jehoshaphat was a good king, he still made mistakes.  (Don’t we all?)  Those mistakes eventually brought war to his kingdom.

Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea. They are already at Hazazon-tamar.” (This was another name for En-gedi.)
(2 Chronicles 20:2)

The battle singers and praise before the battle that we discussed last week resulted after Jehoshaphat was notified here in verse 2.  Today, we pause briefly for a deep dive into verse 3.

Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.
(2 Chronicles 20:3)

Highlight #1 we see that Jehoshaphat was terrified.  See?  Even powerful kings can be afraid, no matter how big their army or how mighty their God.  Fear is a natural human emotion.  You can be terrified, and it’s OK.  But, we can still stand firm while yet fearful.

Highlight #2  is that, while being terrified, we should seek the Lord.  Jehoshaphat’s immediate fear response was to ask God for guidance.  This verse says he begged God.  Jehoshaphat turned to the Lord and pleaded with Him.

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually
(1 Chronicles 16:11)

When in a tough season, don’t we beg God to end it?  And soon?  I certainly do.  When tough seasons hit, I always ask God to teach me the lessons He has for me in it . . . and to “hurry up about it, Lord, please!

God understands our emotion(s).  He created us with it, expects it of us, and wants to ease us of the devastating/shocking emotion when a hard season hits.  We must wait for His timing on things.  God is working even when we can’t see evidence of it.  Have faith.  Trust Him.

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Highlight #3  that we see next in this same verse is that Jehoshaphat instructed everyone in Judah to fast.  Praying is natural for us, but do we always pair it with fasting?

While our prodigal was on walkabout, my closest friends set one day each week for fasting and prayer.  Friends were in it with me (and it required no directive as king of my land – wink).  What a treasured gift that was.  All the prayers uttered by family and friends were (and still are) the greatest gifts of all.  The power and blessing of fasting is a bonus, for sure.

Do you have close friends to partner with you in prayer and possibly fasting, too?  If not, ask God for those friends in your life.  Over time, you will see those friendships develop.  If you already have friends like that, praise the Lord for His goodness!  🙂

Because He lives~

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