Claiming What God Gave

The Moabites and the Ammonites, along with others, sought to attack Judah. When King Jehoshaphat heard of the great multitude coming against him, he spoke to God in a magnificent prayer, saying, “Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us–sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine–we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save'” (2 Chronicles 20:7-9).
The king knew Israel’s history and he knew God’s work with His people. Therefore, Jehoshaphat brought those things up before God, speaking of what God had given Israel and what Israel had made in God’s honor.
Moreover, the temple had been made partly for just such a situation that Judah faced. Therefore, Jehoshaphat and Judah stood before the temple and cried out to God, expecting Him to hear and to save them.
God did just that.
Turn to God, seek His help as He has outlined in His word and see what happens.

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