When I find myself overwhelmed by the troubles that come my way, there are two Bible characters that not only give me hope, but also help me determine a battle strategy: Jehoshaphat and Job.
The story of King Jehoshaphat and Job are different in almost every way, but both of their stories share a common denominator. King Jehoshaphat and his people were about to be overrun by three enemy armies. He called the nation to prayer and as he did, he offered these words to the Lord in 2 Chronicles 20:12: “We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us, nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” The king received instruction from the Lord to send worshipers ahead of his army to sing praises to the Lord which he did, and in doing so, the enemy armies attacked each other and wiped themselves out.
In the case of Job, he endured the worst events imaginable in a single day. Job experienced the deaths of his children and the loss of everything he owned. In Job 1:20, Job’s response to this tragedy was to fall to the ground, worship God and say, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Jehosaphat’s and Job’s experiences were different but their responses were the same. They both offered the Lord their worship. To me, it proves that worship to God belongs both in those times when the battle is won and in those moments when all hope seems lost.
The good news is this – eventually, the latter will become the former.
Tell about a time when something that you saw, heard or read broke you.
Question: What leader built an altar on Mount Ebal?
Answer: Joshua (Joshua 8:30)
Storytime: I have been hiding from my neighbor and his roof rake.