It was a painful lesson. Despite starting off impressively as a young leader, Jehoshaphat allowed himself to enter a harmful alliance with Israel’s wicked King Ahab. No doubt Ahab noticed Jehoshaphat’s wealth and inevitably called on him to help in a war with Ramoth Gilead. As the battle began, Ahab disguised himself, abandoning Jehoshaphat to be the prime target of the enemy. God intervened and brought Jehoshaphat home safely, but sent Jehu to scold Jehoshaphat for his foolish alliance.
“There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God” (2 Chronicles 19:3).
Jehoshaphat learned the lesson well. Later, a huge army arrived to attack Judah, and the king turned to the Lord for help. Remarkably, as the nation called out to God, the Lord assured them that the battle would be won without their army shedding one drop of blood. God proved to be their only true source of strength.
In times of extreme testing, do not be tempted to look for easy answers from another source. Trust alone in God. God will show you what to do.
Challenge for Today: Trust God completely.