Poor Jehoshaphat. It wasn’t long after he barely escaped with his life in the battle against Ramoth-Gilead that three surrounding nations decided to come after him and attack. Because they wanted the wealth that Judah had, they sought to take advantage of his weakness and “get him” while he was down. He must have been terrified when he heard the news, because his enemies — Ammon, Moab, and Mt. Seir — all had huge armies and lots of manpower. On the contrary, his troops were demoralized and weakened from the war they just faught. It must have looked overwhelming from his perspective, yet history says that the enormous odds probably worked in the king’s favor. This is because, instead of “battening down the hatches,” forging alliances with other countries, and trying to build up his army, he simply summoned the people to pray. Understanding that their very lives were in danger and that the foe was too great to be conquered by human means, he turned all of his focus and energy to seeking the Lord’s face. Of course, God heard His cry, and He showed up big time!
My friend, when obstacles look the most daunting, that’s when it’s most important to run to Jesus. Though fear tells you to polish your strategy and do everything you can to prepare, the first priority is to seek His perspective. The greatest human battles are as nothing to Him, and what He really wants is your surrendered heart. As you yield to His higher purpose, He will show up in an abundance of power, and you will see in a fresh and powerful way just how amazing and almighty He is!