One of my favourite passages is in the Old Testament, when King Jehoshaphat is faced with enemies on every side (remind yourself of the story by reading 2 Chronicles 20)
Here are some of the tings that strike me about this story:
‘Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he asked the LORD what to do.’ ‘The (people)
immediately left for Jerusalem to ask for the LORD’s help.’ Jehoshaphat prayed, declaring the Lord’s greatness and power. At the end of the prayer, he said ‘We don’t know what to do—we are begging for your help (another version says, ‘We don’t know what to do but our eyes are upon you)’ The Spirit then spoke to them through Jahaziel: ‘…the LORD says that you don’t need to be afraid or let this powerful army discourage you. God will fight on your side! You won’t even have to fight. Just take your positions and watch the LORD rescue you from your enemy. Don’t be afraid. Just do as you’re told. And as you march out tomorrow, the LORD will be there with you.’ Jehoshaphat bowed low to the ground and everyone worshipped the LORD.’
‘Jehoshaphat stood up and said, “Listen my friends, if we trust the LORD God and believe what these prophets have told us, the LORD will help us, and we will be successful.” Then he…appointed men to march in front of the army and praise the LORD for his holy power by singing: “Praise the LORD! His love never ends.” As soon as they began singing, the LORD confused the enemy camp, so that the Ammonite and Moabite troops attacked and completely destroyed those from Edom. Then they turned against each other and fought until the entire camp was wiped out! Then on the fourth day, everyone came together and sang praises to the LORD. Jehoshaphat led the crowd back to Jerusalem. They were very happy because the LORD had given them victory over their enemies.
They had learned the lesson that they didn’t need to be afraid or discouraged; they were stronger than their enemies because of the power of the Lord with them. Lots of lessons from this story, when we are afraid and the enemies look too strong – call on the Lord, trust Him, praise Him, watch Him work….and praise Him again.
Prayer: Lord, help us to remember You are with us, we need to trust You – all of the time – and call on You for help, and pray, and still trust You, whatever challenges we are facing today. Amen.
And a verse from a hymn:
‘The soul that on Jesus has learned for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes.
That soul though all hell should endeavour to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake’