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9 December 2017

 

Saturday 9th December - 2 Chronicles 20: 1 - 24

Jehoshaphat – God with us together

 

God’s people, when they are following his way and resisting those who attack the truth, often find themselves at odds with those around them. And, as we see in the stories of Elijah, Hezekiah, and Jehoshaphat, those who threaten often have louder voices and more strength in numbers. We cannot meet them on their own ground or fight them with their own kind of weapons; our first recourse must be God.

Jehoshaphat was a leader who included his people in the action.  And the action he called them to was prayer and fasting. His first recourse wasn’t to call his army around him, count his weapon power and plan his defence strategy. His first call was on a God whom he knew; a great and wonderful God but also a God who is interested and involved in our lives, in our problems and crises. He called on a God who had always helped in the past; a God who knows the enemy as well as he knows us, and whom we can rely on.

When crisis comes upon us, do we run around looking for answers in the world, wearing ourselves out and feeling increasingly helpless before finally turning to God in desperation.

In this time of Advent, may we develop a discipline of turning to God as our first resort; laying our hearts before him and trusting him to guide and help us.

 

 

For further reflection, please read “In Touch with God: Advent meditations on biblical prayers” by Michael & Rosemary Green, pages 36 - 41