We must remember that everyone has problems. No one is exempt. Even in Bible times people had problems. In 2 Chronicles 20 King Jehoshaphat and all the people of Judah had a massive problem. Three opposing armies teamed up to eradicate them. There were specific steps that Jehoshaphat took that we can learn from today. First, he turned to God. He sought the Lord and asked all his people to fast and seek the Lord.
2 Chronicles 20: 3-4 “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek Him.”
King Jehoshaphat talked to God and reminded himself and all the people of God’s faithfulness and their dependency on Him,
2 Chronicles 20: 6-12 “and said: “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
He trusted God to intervene and praised God prior to the victory, trusting in His word!!
My family has recently gone through a lot and I had to follow these steps. Taking it to God, telling myself of His faithfulness and my dependence on Him (reminding myself of His love and good plans for us) and finally trusting in Him. That is the kicker, it is easy to do the first two and harder to trust in a good plan that you cannot see or imagine. But God reminded me that praise precedes deliverance. It did for Jehoshaphat and it did for Paul and Silas in Acts 16. Just because we don’t know the outcome of our circumstances doesn’t mean He hasn’t already got a plan prepared. When we praise prior to the victory it refocuses our hearts and minds off of our circumstances and puts it back where it belongs on the One who is in control no matter what!! He will sustain us, provide for us and walk with us carrying us through our hurts and pain. And because of that we can minister to others in similar circumstances.