In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat of Judah is confronted by hostile nations. In verse 3, it says, “Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” A favorite verse of mine is 20:12, when the king, standing before the people and God, says to the Lord,
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Next, the Lord, speaking through a prophet, tells him to go out against the enemies. As the battle approaches, they do something amazing – they affirm their trust and faith by worshiping in song, singing, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever” (20:21-22). Afterward, the Lord brings them the victory by causing the enemies to turn on one another.
In our lives, when we face scary trials, when an enemy rises, our instinct may be to hole up and hunker down. Many times I have seen believers in distress choose to stay home on Sunday morning. The wonder in this story is the faith to worship before the victory, knowing that when we completely surrender to our great God, He will not fail us.
in Him, Mike