Suppose you were the President of the United States and your Joint Chiefs of Staff sat you down and said they had just received an intelligence report stating that three nations were coming to destroy you and the United States.
What would you do? Would you stand up from your desk and announce to everyone in the room, “They won’t attack us, don’t they know who we are?” Or, would you run and hide in the nearest military bunker? Maybe you would panic and go into total freeze mode and do nothing. One other possibly is you could respond without counsel and send out the most powerful military in the world to destroy your enemies without any care for the outcome.
Is it too simple to simply say you would be afraid? Do you think if you received information of an eminent attack from three nations, you would have some fear?
In 2 Chronicles 20:3 it tells us King Jehoshaphat was actually afraid. Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (2 Chronicles 20:3 NASB)
What was the king of Israel afraid of? King Jehoshaphat did actually receive information that three nations were coming to destroy him and all of Israel. I really appreciate his honesty in stating that he was in fear. Secondly, I believe that being afraid was an understandable response.
There Is A Key To Fear
The key to fear is not to avoid it, but what we do with fear. King Jehoshaphat was a good king who loved God and loved God’s people and while he was afraid, he would not live by fear, much less makes any decisions based on fear. 2 Chronicles 20:3 tells us the he “turned his attention to seek the Lord.”
King Jehoshaphat knew his life was not found in his own decisions and certainly not based on fear. So he called the people of Judah to a fast and to worship the One who would deliver them.
As the all of Judah gathered together in worship and intercession, God was listening. God’s first response to their worship and adoration was to send them a prophet by the name of Jahaziel the son of Zechariah. (see 2 Chronicles 20:14-17) Jahaziel told them two things, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” and “Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”
As the story concludes, we see that as battle ensues and God was with them. As all of Judah continued their worship and declarations of their mighty God, God confused the enemy and the three nations who came to destroy Judah, destroyed each other! Israel, King Jehoshaphat and of course God, was victorious. What a team!
Fear is OK to have; but it should push you to the One who makes “Living Lighter Today” a reality.