The world has certainly become a different place over the past couple of
weeks. The populations of the world have suddenly had to come to terms with
an unseen yet very real enemy, COVID-19. The world that once thought that
they could ‘master their own destinies’, are now anxious, uncertain, in many
cases panicked, and certainly faced with the uncertain impact this virus will
have on life and the economy.
In the book of 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat found himself in a similarly
frightening situation. He cries out to God in the face of an imminent enemy
attack. Jehoshaphat didn’t know what to do in the face of an attack from a
‘great multitude’ ( v2). So then in verse 9 he says in his prayer to God, “If
disaster comes upon us – sword, judgement, pestilence or famine – we will
stand before this temple and in Your presence and cry out to You in our
affliction and You will hear and save”.
He feared for his safety and that of his people, and in verse 12 says to God, ‘For
we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us ; nor
do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You’.
Likewise, we too are faced with an enemy in the form of a pestilence (Covid-
19). Many fear for their safety, hence the strict lock-down measures
implemented by our government, because until an antidote is made available,
medically speaking we are powerless against the sickness and sometime death
to those who become infected.
But see what Jehoshaphat does in the face of such a dilemma, he does two
1. Jehoshaphat claims Gods promise that He hears our prayers and has
promised to save us’.
(a) Ps 50:14,15 says, "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay
your vows to the Most High; call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall
rescue you, and you will honour Me."
2. Jehoshaphat humbled himself before God (‘we know not what to do’),
but simply held onto what he did know; God! (‘Our eyes are upon you’)
Dear brothers & sisters,
When you read the rest of chapter 20 in Chronicles you will learn of how
Jehoshaphat’s faith was well founded.
In this troubled time we too need to concentrate on prayer, calling upon our
God and claiming His promises, because He does & will hear us, humbling
ourselves before Almighty God, acknowledging our reliance upon Him and
keeping our eyes upon Him.
And like Jehoshaphat we will experience victory from the enemy who wants to
derail us and make us live in fear, robbing us of the hope and peace we have
in our salvation.
Be encouraged, God is in control!