Peace can be described as the absence of war.
Jehoshaphat had peace because the surrounding kingdoms were afraid of what the Lord would do to them.
2 Chronicles 17:10, “The fear of the Lord fell over all the surrounding kingdoms so that none of them wanted to declare war on Jehoshaphat.” New Living Translation
Why did the Lord fight for Jehoshaphat?
- followed the example of his godly fathers, 17:3. (Some Hebrew manuscripts read “the example of his father, David.” New Living Translation Notes)
- did not worship idols, 17:3.
- sought God, 17:4.
- obeyed God’s commands, 17:4.
- didn’t follow evil practices, 17:4.
- was deeply committed to the ways of the Lord, 17:6.
- removed pagan shrines, 17:6.
- taught the Book of the Law in all of his towns, 17:7-9.
These are the things we need to do to have peace in our own lives.
Dear Heavenly Father,
The Bible makes it clear that the only thing we are to fear is You, (Matthew 10:28). When we follow You wholeheartedly, You take care of our enemies for us. I am grateful for Your protection. Thank You for granting us peace.
In Jesus Name,
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