"And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's."
(2 Chronicles 20:15 KJV)
The story of good king Jehoshaphat, who became King of Judah at the age of 35 years and reigned for 25 years, is a story of some mistakes and some wonderful successes as he led the kingdom back to the worship of Our Awesome God (2 Chronicles 18-20). He destroyed the groves for the worship of Baal and Ashtoreth (2 Chronicles 17:6) and he cleaned up the Temple in Jerusalem for the worship of Our Awesome God. God gave him peace and riches because his heart was seeking the Lord,
Then King Jehoshaphat allowed King Ahab to talk him into going to war with him against a common enemy of both countries (2 Chronicles 18:3). King Jehoshaphat should have known that God would not like this alliance with an evil enemy such as King Ahab. In fact, they had trouble finding a prophet of God in Israel under King Ahab and then the prophet told them they would lose (2 Chronicles 18:19-22).. But he still went to war where King Ahab was killed and their forces scattered by the enemy.
King Jehoshaphat was not home long when an alliance of enemies appeared at his borders and he knew he couldn't win against that big an army. So he declared a day of fasting for his nation and prayed to Our Awesome God who answered him in 2 Chronicles 20:15-17. All Jerusalem and visitors from surrounding countries watched as the enemies destroyed themselves. No one was left alive and it took 3 days to collect all the valuables from the enemies’ possessions and take them into Jerusalem. Judah had peace all the remaining days of Jehoshaphat's reign.
Jehoshaphat never completely turned his people back to the worship of Our Awesome God. They saw miracles but not all worshipped God. We sadly are the same; we don't all worship Our Awesome God. We have the Holy Bible and the miracles from God in answer to our prayers, but we still don't all worship our creator God who keeps this world and all the planets in their proper places. Our Father God wants all to worship Him and one day we will all bend our knees saying He is Lord, but not all will live in heaven for eternity. Will you be in heaven for eternity?
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