Today’s passage: 2 Chronicles 19:1-11
- Jehoshaphat’s partnership with Israel would harm the nation of Judah more than once. Stay tuned in the days ahead for more conflicts and consequences as a result of these alliances.
- The false gods were bribed with sacrifices and sinful activity in order to plead for things like rain and harvest. The one true God has no sin, no partiality, and does not take bribes.
- During his reign, Jehoshaphat delegated leadership to local leaders. They were to fear the Lord, be loyal to Him, and lead the people to follow God. This required courage.
Questions to consider:
- How does the way we view God effect our prayers? If God is like a genie or a spoiling grandfather, how might we respond when He doesn’t give us what we ask for/demand? Why might we feel justified in being angry with Him when He says, “No”? What is our right relationship to our holy God?
- Why would these leaders need to possess “fear” and “courage”? How does the fear of the Lord result in courage and confidence before people?
- Is there a situation or relationship that has brought a great deal of stress or anxiety? How would the fear of the Lord help you to truly love others and courageously move forward?