It’s easy to think of 1 and 2 Chronicles as boring books, with their genealogies and the repetition of so much that we’ve already read in Samuel and Kings. But they have their purpose, and they also include some new details of Israel’s history that other books don’t include.
One of those accounts is the story of Jehoshaphat’s faith when met with the news that a massive army of Israel’s enemies is gathered for battle against him. I love what verse 3 of the chapter says. Right after he hears the distressing news, we’re told that “Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord…”
How many times are we afraid, but fail to think of seeking the Lord, of calling out to Him, and praying for His help and guidance?
How often do we go into panic mode, or start desperately trying to make our own plans to deal with an impossible situation?
We have so much to learn from Jehoshaphat’s example!
We’re going to take a good, hard look at Jehoshaphat’s prayer – what he knew about God and His character, what he knew about himself and his helplessness.
We’ll look at God’s quick answer to Jehoshaphat’s prayer, and Jehoshaphat’s humble, trusting response to the reminder that the battle wasn’t his, but God’s – something so ridiculously hard for us to remember when faced with our own challenges!
We’ll watch all of Judah worship and praise God, and then march out to face their enemies with the priests and musicians in front of the army, praising God’s faithful, never-ending love and trusting Him for victory – before they had even witnessed His delivery!
We’ll watch God set Judah’s enemies at war against each other, and Judah reach the hilltop to find every last one of their enemies dead, all without them ever raising a hand against them!
All they had to do was pray, believe, obey, head out to face their enemies while singing God’s praises, and then spend the next three days gathering all the spoil!
Can you see how this account, (as the Holy Spirit teaches us) holds the promise of changing the way we see God and the way we respond to our fears, our crises, our challenges? This could be life-changing!
In addition to our normal study of the chapter, you’ll also have the option of doing some Level 5 study by navigating to the additional instructional material for each lesson. In that extra material, we’ll be talking about how to design your own study of other passages – for your children, for a friend you’re discipling, for a group of young ladies, or a Bible study group at church.
We’ll look at how we find background materials, how we decide which words to mark, what lists to make, what study resources to use, what kind of questions to ask to help us think about who God is and who He has called us to be.
Lessons by Email (members only)
Bonus Resources (members only)
Level 5 Instructions (members only)
Estimated Time: 30 days
Difficulty: Level 2
Categories: Old Testament