POTUS, Be Like King Jehoshaphat

There is a beautiful account of God's deliverance given in 2 Chronicle 20:2-3

Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There comes a great multitude against you from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.


John Piper wrote :

"Jehoshaphat caught wind of the impending attack. It didn’t take a Pythagoras to do the math. His army was like a sandcastle facing a large breaker. The kingdom of Judah would be swept away unless he got some very strong help. Now, forget for the moment that you know the fairytale-like ending to the story. What would it have been like to be Jehoshaphat? Bearing down on him was a brutal death for himself, everyone he loves, and tens of thousands of his people. And everyone was looking to him to do something to save them. That’s pressure."
Let's humble ourselves and ask God to rescue us. This song is so fitting! 



This is a time for the proclamation of acts of national self-humiliation, with a deliberate intention to evoke the Divine pity and succour.

It is time to admit like Jehoshaphat : "We are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."

In the words of Matthew Henry

"In all dangers, public or personal, our first business should be to seek help from God. Hence the advantage of days for national fasting and prayer. From the first to the last of our seeking the Lord, we must approach him with humiliation for our sins, trusting only in his mercy and power. Jehoshaphat acknowledges the sovereign dominion of the Divine Providence. Lord, exert it on our behalf. Whom should we seek to, whom should we trust to for relief, but the God we have chosen and served."



There is precedence in 2 Chronicle 20 

If, when evil comes on us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in your presence, (for your name is in this house,) and cry to you in our affliction, then you will hear and help. vs 9

O our God, will you not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that comes against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are on you. vs 12

And he said, Listen you, all Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you king Jehoshaphat, Thus said the LORD to you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. vs 15

And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.vs 19


Herein lies the answer. It is so loud yet many can't hear it:

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."


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