Jehoshaphat was a great King of Judah who knew how to utilize his leaders to teach, inspire, and to lead the people. One of those leaders was Amasiah, who “willingly offered himself to the Lord.” If you offer yourself willingly to the Lord you are taking a great risk! God will probably ask you to step out in faith and go or say or do something with which you are not entirely comfortable. Like Peter, you may feel an urge to step out of the boat and walk on water. Furthermore, we know that it is through “much tribulation” that we enter the Kingdom of God. Let’s be honest. The walk of faith can frighten us back to a position of safety. Many of us (including me) rescind our offer, and if we do succumb to a call of God to serve or to suffer, it is with much wailing and thrashing about—hardly willing. I praise God that, though my efforts are often reluctant, never-the-less, He pursues me and scoops me up and places me near His heart. In fact, Amasiah, who offered himself willingly to the Lord, undoubtedly knew the meaning of his own name: “Jehovah bears”, from the Hebrew, עָמַס and יָהּ, literally meaning “Jehovah carries in His bosom.” Implicit in that very name, Amasiah, are the actions of a loving, tender Father. Oh help us to rest in Your shielding and tireless arms!
Later, a great army consisting of several kingdoms surrounded Jehoshaphat and the children of Judah. This army dismayed and outnumbered Judah. In 2 Chronicles 20:3 we read that the king “feared and set himself to seek the Lord.” Very often, when cornered by chaos or caught in a caterwaul of threatening voices, like Jehoshaphat, we look for God. We cry out to Him and wonder desperately if He hears or cares about our situation. Indeed, without supernatural intervention all would be lost, so we cry out to God! Lord, are you there? Do you care?
Now, as the people of Judah “with their little ones, their wives and their children, stood before the Lord,” (2 Chronicles 20:13) nobody asked Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Beniah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph to say a word, but the Spirit of the Lord fell upon Jahaziel, whose name, from חָזָה and אֵל, means “God sees” or “God perceives.” Jahaziel explained to the people and the king of Judah that “tomorrow” their enemies would “come up by the ascent of Ziz,” and that they would be found “at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel.” Oh, by the way, by the time you find them they will already be defeated.
As with Jahaziel’s name, God sees. He knows every little detail of your circumstances and your fears, just as He saw the defeat of Judah’s enemies. He perceives precisely every nuance of your heartache, fear and pain. If that were not enough, He knows what is going to happen tomorrow and He already has a plan to defeat the enemy of your soul. The people of Judah, upon hearing this good news, bowed before the Lord and worshipped Him, even before the fulfillment of this good prophecy. Some were even given the task of going before the army and singing out, “Praise the LORD, for His mercy endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21. Even as they praised Him the Lord began to set ambushes against their enemies.
Lord, please help us to resolve in advance that we trust in Your perception of our situation, that You already bear the weight and the gravity of it and even now hold us close to Your loving heart.