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Bible Reading / Giving Up Control

Day 4: Jehoshaphat and the Army


Day 4 Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah and after a time of peace, armies began to march against his people. One of the most remarkable parts of this story is his response to the news of the armies. Did he prepare his army, talk battle plans or strategy? No, his first response was to beg the Lord for guidance. During a time when slowing down to pray would likely feel backwards and not helpful, it is the first thing Jehoshaphat did. He immediately gave up control to God knowing that he needed him to show up.

When we face difficulties, it’s easy to just start fixing. Before we even talk to God, we just want to make it right on our terms. We lose a job, and in our panic we grab at any opportunity. We’re struggling with money and we just try to work harder, or we beat ourselves up. What if we took the same approach as Jehoshaphat? Right now, take five minutes to ask God for what you need. Before you try your way, ask God to lead you. Let him know you need him, and ask him to give you faith to better believe he will follow through. After that, read this story of our God showing up for his people.