2 Chronicles 19
Focus Verse: Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is on you. (2)
In chapter 18 of 2 Chronicles, Jehoshaphat was there when Micaiah predicted that Ahab, the king of Israel, would not be victorious in battle against Ramoth Gilead. Even though he knew that God was not with Ahab and that going into battle would result in Ahab’s death, Jehoshaphat still partnered with him. It is not wise for us to go against God’s will and neither is it wise for us to help those who are going against God’s will. However, God remembered all the good that Jehoshaphat had done and remembered that his heart was set on seeking Him; He did not punish him forever and did not destroy him completely because of this one mistake.
As for Jehoshaphat, he did not get bitter over God’s punishment. He continued following God. The remainder of chapter 19 tells how he urged the people he ruled to turn to the Lord and do what is right. When we face punishment from God over our sins, we should remember that even His wrath comes wrapped in love.
2 Chronicles 20
Focus Verse: Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (12)
When Jehoshaphat was told that a HUGE army was coming against him, he did not go into a worrying fit, have a nervous breakdown or run away scared. Neither did he armor up and march out to fight a losing battle on his own. Instead, he turned to God for help and had all the people of Judah to do the same. Jehoshaphat was not afraid to admit that he was powerless against the mighty foe that was attacking him. Even as a king, he was not ashamed to admit that he did not know what to do. All he could do was fix his eyes on God and…wait for it…that was all he needed to do!
God saw Jehoshaphat’s faith. He heard his prayerful call for help. He answered him. He saved him from the swords, shields, spears and arrows of that HUGE army. Instead of pretending that we have it all together. Instead of acting like we can handle the huge problems in front of us, we need to fix our eyes on God. Sometimes we just need to say, “God, I cannot; but You can. I am powerless and weak, but You are all-powerful and strong. I do not know what in the world to do, but my eyes are on You.”
2 Corinthians 7
Focus Verse: Yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. (9)
We do well if we are sorry for our sins; but if that sorrow is not Godly sorrow that leads us to repent of our sins, our sorrow does us no good. When we are truly sorry for the wrong things we have done, we will no longer do those wrong things. True repentance brings salvation which leaves no regret.