A SUPERNATURAL RESPONSE to TROUBLE
May 8 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 19-21
"O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." (2 Chron 20:12)
When trouble comes against us, we can choose to respond either naturally or supernaturally. When we respond naturally, we either confront the trouble head-on with our own strength or we try to run away from the trouble as far as we can. We can also deny that the trouble exists and wish that it would go away. However, we can also respond to trouble supernaturally like King Jehoshaphat, who turned to God during the time of his trouble. Let us look into the sequence of events how King Jehoshaphat responded to trouble in his life as recorded in 2 Chron 20:1-30:
- When King Jehoshaphat heard that three great armies were about to attack, fear motivated him to seek the Lord as he proclaimed a fast and gathered everyone together to ask help from the Lord (vv. 1-4).
- His prayer began with praise, which shifted his focus from the magnitude of his problem to the greatness of his God (vv. 5-7).
- After making petitions and receiving an answer through the prophet Jahaziel, King Jehoshaphat and all the people exalted and worshipped the Lord (vv. 18-19).
- As King Jehoshaphat focused on the greatness of his God, he approached the battle, not with soldiers, but with a choir leading the way (vv. 20-21).
- When they began to sing praises to God, the Lord intervened by routing their enemies (vv. 22-25).
- The people reacted with gratitude and worship to the great deliverance that they had received from God (vv. 26-28).