5-year old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She
asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup,
but he didn’t want to go in alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared.”
She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, “It … More
The Spirit of the Lord came on the Levite Jahaziel, after Jehoshaphat’s moving prayer, and he speaks to the congregation (v. 14). He tells them twice to not be afraid and that the battle was not their’s but God’s (vv. 15-17). Then Jehoshaphat and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down in worship to the Lord (v. 18). The Levites stood to give loud praise to God (v. 19).
The next day they rose early to go to the Desert of Tekoa. In this seemingly impossible situation Jehoshaphat stood and told them to “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established: believe his prophets so shall ye prosper” (v.20). Then he appointed singers who inspired the people with their words of encouragement to trust the Lord (v. 21).
Then, at the time of encounter with the enemy the Lord caused confusion among the enemy troops so they destroyed each other (vv. 22-23). When Judah came they saw all the enemy dead (v. 24). The slaughter was so great that the men of Judah couldn’t carry away all the spoil and they were three days gathering it up (v. 25). With thanksgiving to God they offered praise for His love (vv. 26-28). That is why this place is still called Praise Valley. This shows how even a valley in our life can become a place of blessing if we learn how to praise the Lord. True praise changes people, and God can work in and through people who praise Him. So great was God’s hand on His people that all other nations fearedHim. Jehoshaphat enjoyed peace (vv. 29-30).
What do I do when I am faced with battles and trials? Do I seek the Lord and let Him fight my battles for me? I should never be fearful of problems but learn from Jehoshaphat how to take them to the Lord and let Him handle them for me?
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II Chronicles 18:28-34Ahab is Killed And Jehoshaphat is spared
II Chronicles 19:1-11Jehoshaphat Encourages People to Turn Back to God
II Chronicles 20:1-13Jehoshaphat Depends on God to Defeat The Enemy
II Chronicles 20:14-30The Lord Caused Confusion Among The Enemy
II Chronicles 20:31-37Jehoshaphat’s 25 year reign was marked by prosperity
II Chronicles 21:1-20Hezekiah Ruled in Jerusalem For 29 Years
II Chronicles 22:1-12Ahaziah Ruled as King of Judah For 1 Year
II Chronicles 23:1-21Jehoiada Makes Joash King of Judah