Week of August 14 - Day 2

Day 2--Read: 2 Chronicles 20:5-12

And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, 6 and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7 Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ 10 And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— 11 behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Reflect: What attributes of God does Jehoshaphat call to attention in his prayer? What truth is Jehoshaphat counting on?

 Consider: Jehoshaphat led the prayer on that day. The gathering at the temple recalls Solomon’s prayer for divine help in situations just like this (6:14–42). Jehoshaphat apparently saw in the present predicament a judgment from God.[1]

Respond: What battles are you currently facing? What attributes of God are you currently depending on to help you through difficult times? How can you demonstrate confidence that He will come through?

 

[1] J. A. Thompson, 1, 2 Chronicles, vol. 9, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994), 293.