Three months. It’s been three months since I’ve last written and shared a blog post. I’m sorry for the long absence; I’ve had a lot going on healthwise though, and I just needed to stop doing a lot of things and truly let my body and mind rest for a while. I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging though, so I’m glad to be back for now. Today’s post is actually a fuller version of my last post way back in May (when I didn’t have the capacity to write much).
As a quick refresher, the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites had gathered together and started for Jehoshaphat’s kingdom to make war. I’m sure King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites were scared, but instead of succumbing to that fear, he sought and relied on God’s help. I’m not going to retell the entire story, so feel free to read it first before continuing (in 2 Chronicles 20:1-29). Following Jehoshaphat’s example though, we too can see what a Biblical response to fear looks like.
How to Handle Fearful Situations:
1). Go to God first (20:3-4)
—Most problems are not solved by me running away (either physically or spiritually).
—Most people can’t solve my problems, but God can.
—People can pray and offer some comfort and counsel, but they aren’t going to compare to the One who knows everything about the situation and has all the answers.
2). See the greatness of God (20:6)
—Focus on His attributes.
—Confidence and comfort comes from knowing this mighty God is on my side!
3). See the past victories of God (20:7-9)
—Remember what God has done both in my life and in others’ lives.
—Remember answered prayers (keep a prayer journal to help with this).
4). See the promises of God (20:15-17)
—God gives me a whole Book of promises!
—Meditation on His promises helps to engrave them on our hearts.
5). Sing praise to God (20:21-28)
—God is still God even when I’m scared or doubting.
—Praising Him when I’m scared, doubting, or “not feeling it” helps to realign my mind and spirit with God’s truth (when I can’t sing, I listen to hymns and meditate on the words).
God is honored and pleased when we praise and trust Him in the dark when we’re scared and don’t know what to do. He is right beside us, helping and strengthening us every step of the way, speaking to us gently, saying, “I know you’re afraid, but I’m with you always. Just trust Me.”