Some fears are unreasonable, others have a basis in reality. King Jehosaphat of Judah had a reason to fear, since a powerful army was coming against him.
Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he decided to seek the Lord’s advice. He decreed that all Judah should observe a fast.
2 Chronicles 20.3 NET
No greater action can be taken when fear assaults us than to consult the Lord. The king did exactly the right thing. The fasting of the people showed their seriousness in seeking the Lord.
Seeking the Lord’s advice gave God a great opportunity to work a victory for the people of Judah. (Read all of 2 Chronicles 20.)
In our time, we seek the Lord’s advice by reading and applying the Bible to our needs and situations. (We don’t expect a prophet to pop up in our midst with an inspired message from God, as one did in Jehosaphat’s assembly.) We read the Bible to know him and to know his will.
We pray to find strength from God to overcome our fears and win through trust in him, v. 20. Then we go out to do his will, and watch God work his power for the salvation of many.
- What other lessons can be gleaned from this verse or chapter?
- What fears, unrealistic or not, do we face which we ought to take before the Lord?
- Do you have an example of taking a fear to God and his taking care of your fear?
- If this meditation has encouraged you, please share it with others.