WHEN AFRAID... ~ 1/24/08

In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, there is a story that captures, in 26 verses, the perfect response to fear.  In this story, Jehoshaphat king of Israel discovers a plot by a multitude of rival peoples to overthrow his kingdom.  His response?   “And Jehoshaphat feared…”

We all have to deal with fear, on a daily basis.  Until the day we die, fear will stalk us, trying to cripple us and all we do by coaxing us to focus on it.  Some people fear death.  Some fear the prospect of living without something or someone that feels necessary.  Some people fear failure, and others, oddly enough, fear success.  Many Christians fear sharing Christ, and others fear letting God have complete control of their lives.  Fear is real.  The real issue is – what do you do with the fears in your life?

This is what King Jehoshaphat did.  “And Jehoshaphat feared -- and set himself to seek the LORD” (2 Chron. 20:3)…  He prayed.  Verses 6—11 chronicle this prayer, which ends in verse 12 – “O our God, will You not judge them?  For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” Read what happens after he prays – verses 13- 26 go on to prove one thing – When you are afraid, when you don’t know what to do – set your eyes, your hope, your thoughts, your focus on God, and you will witness His faithfulness.  FAITH = TRUSTING THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD.

Surrounded By Grace,

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