This week, we continue on in our series based on characters from the genealogy of Jesus, highlighting specifically the bravery of Jehoshaphat. Firstly, being brave doesn’t mean not being scared, it means doing the right thing even when you are scared. Let us be people that are marked by bravery, that lead brave lives.
2 Chronicles 20:1-3: After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
How do we stand with bravery? And, what does it look like for us, individually, to be brave in this season?
- Seek God in the midst of fear
- Being brave doesn’t mean feeling courageous.
- Remember the character of God
- In order to know His character, it is critical that we spend time with Him. We need to have a personal relationship with Him to understand more deeply His character and His will for us.
- Petition God for help
- When you have no idea what to do next, that’s the moment to ask.
- The enemy is set on you not asking. He hates when you turn to God, especially when no one is looking.
- The God of the universe has invited us into communion, to talk with Him, and to petition. He wants us to ask!
- He isn’t separate from reality, but He is greater than reality.
- Stand and worship God in the battle.
- Bravery often looks like standing, staying, waiting.
- It looks like worshipping before you even know the outcome of a situation; before you know where you are victorious.
- He doesn’t need to prove anything to us, but He invites us to discover that He is God, and that He is a good God.
- Watch God fight the battle
- 2 Chronicles 20: 22-23: And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.
Often, instead of these things, we choose in our haste, to:
- Ignore fear, and attempt to make our own way
- Question the character of God
- Worry and wait for something to change
- Run away
- Wonder where God was in our time of need
Our invitation is to encounter God, and act bravely. It has everything to do with His strength, and nothing to do with our own.
Biblical references: Matthew 1:7-8; 2 Chronicles 20:1-3; 2 Chronicles 20:22-23
- Where are the places that you need to seek God in the midst of fear to make you brave?
- Where in your life do you need to stand and worship in the battle?
- What aspect of the character of God do you need to remember in your current circumstances?