Has Fear Found You? Then Find Him!

2 Chronicles 20:3 NKJV  And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

 The Moabites, Ammonites, and some other peoples joined together to come against King Jehoshaphat and the tribe of Judah.  When he got word that a great multitude from the neighboring peoples had assembled together as one army to come out against him and the rest of Judah, Jehoshaphat became afraid.  Thankfully, Jehoshaphat knew exactly what to do.  He went to God for help.

 2 Chronicles 20:14-15 NKJV  Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.  (15)  And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

 When Jehoshaphat went to God for help, God answered him.  The Lord encouraged and comforted him and all of Judah telling them, “It’s going to be ok, don’t worry, don’t fear… I’ve got this.”  Oh, how those word bring a sigh of relief.  Then He told them exactly what to do next.

He told the people they would not need to fight against these enemies, but to just march out boldly and then stand firm.  Once again in verse 17 God tells them, “Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”  Judah gathered together a choir and began to worship the Lord as they obeyed His Word.  As they worshiped the Lord, the combined armies all turned against one another and began to destroy themselves.  The battle was over, without any loss or sword drawn by the people of Judah and they profited greatly spending three days picking up all the gold, silver, materials, and equipment.  Remember how this all started; when the troubling fear inducing situation came Jehoshaphat knew what to do.  He asked God for help, listened for His voice, believed His Word and followed His instructions.

Our covenant and promises with God are even better than what Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah had under the Old Covenant (Romans 5).  When it looks like trouble is coming your way and at the moment that fear tries to come on you, you can do just what Jehoshaphat did and turn to the Lord for help immediately.  Boldly, go to His throne of Grace and get the help you need (Hebrews 4:16).  You won’t need a prophet like Jehoshaphat did to tell you what God says, because by His Spirit, the Holy Spirit living and dwelling in you, will speak comfort and guidance to you.  All you have to do is listen for Him.  You can have faith and confidence and believe what He tells you because He cares for you and gave His life for you (1 Peter 5:7, Romans 8:32).  If He gives you something specific to do, do it.  Follow His instructions, FEAR NOT and get to rejoicing.  The battles been won.  The spoil is on the ground.  When fear finds you; find Him and you’ll always come out ahead.  FEAR NOT!


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