When Jehoshaphat was feeling overwhelmed about the number of Ammonites and Moabites
soldiers, he called out to God. The Lord told them not be discouraged or afraid—for the battle
was His, not theirs.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” –Proverbs 3:5-6
2 Chronicles 20
King Jehoshaphat was feeling overwhelmed because the Moabites and Ammonites wanted to fight him in war and had a great number of soldiers. In the midst of his most fearful and anxious moments, Jehoshaphat called out God. He praised God and told Him that they were nothing without him. Jehoshaphat told God that they needed to completely rely on Him. The Spirit of God then came onto 5 men. They told King Jehoshaphat that the Lord does not want them to be afraid or discouraged—for this battle was not theirs, it was Gods. They then all continued to praise and worship the Lord!
The next morning, as King Jehoshaphat and his soldiers left for war, they praised God and began to sing “give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.” The Lord then sent ambushes against the Ammonites and Moabites, which resulted in the enemies being defeated. King Jehoshaphat and his soldiers were so happy. They rejoiced and returned back to Jerusalem, giving all of the credit to God.
When we feel overwhelmed by what appears to be an impossible situation, we tend to try to fix the problem by ourselves. The Bible tells us that we are to seek God in those moments, and to lift up our worries, fears, and stress to Him. Just like King Jehoshaphat, we can call out to God and ask for his help, comfort, and protection. Our God is such a good God and cares about every part of us. He is with us through all of our hardships and will take on all of our “impossible”situations.
I can pray when I am feeling overwhelmed.
Questions to think about:
1. King Jehoshaphat called out to God when he felt overwhelmed. How do I usually
respond to overwhelming situations?
2. Take some quiet time to pray and lift up any overwhelming situation you may be facing