Oh King Jehoshaphat! This King seemed to be so good. With all these Kings of Judah it seems to be a constant life of teeter totter. They do good and they do bad. 19:3 says, "Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God." Like so many others we cheered King Jehoshaphat when he cleared the land of idols and called for the people to fast and to turn to God. But we were dismayed when he allied himself with evil King Ahab or even evil King Ahaziah. What was he thinking?
Is not this our story so often? How great is it when the people of God read their bibles, come to church, and are successful in fighting sin! But how sad is it when we fall and when we let pride and lust and sin enter our lives. If anything, the story of King Jehoshaphat shows us that when he called on the name of the Lord and trusted in him, things went well. The same is true for us. We need to continually trust in Jesus. In this Christian life we are constantly at battle against sin and the evil one. Let us put on the armor of faith and trust in God by reading his word and applying his word to our life. Let us be a church that is always and faithfully trusting in Jesus.