Do you enjoy peace and quiet? Do you enjoy alone time? How about peace and quiet that only God can give? Today’s lesson is about a king who had quiet in his kingdom; and I hope to share with you how you can have peace and quiet with God and others.
“And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel. So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.” 2 Chronicles 20:29-30 (KJB)
In a moment I will share a quote from Matthew Henry’s Commentary; but for right now I want us to contemplate on the reign and rule of King Jeshoshaphat of the southern kingdom of Judah. He had a heart for seeking after the LORD God, and God blessed him with peace with the kingdoms around him. You will need to read 2 Chronicles 17 -20 to get the history. That is the assignment for today. Smile. You will enjoy the read, and will be blessed by the reading as well.
As I read readings such as this I am always reminded of Proverbs 16:7,
“When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Now, I know there are times in places where Christianity is hated, despised, and rejected that Christians are not at peace with the people around them, but these Christian individuals are quiet and at peace in their hearts and minds toward their neighbors.
So, how does one reach the level of quiet and peace which King Jehoshaphat experienced?
- He had a heart for seeking God, we must as well;
- He was committed to the word and law of God, that too, must be in our heart and mind;
- He was always seeking God’s counsel before he made a move in battle or life (with a couple of exceptions: see 2 Chronicles 18 and 20:35-37), the counsel of God through the Spirit, His Word, and prayer is much needed for the Christian today.
Now hear this quotation from the Matthew Henry Commentary:
“Never did victory turn to a better account than this; for, 1. Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was hereby made to look very great and considerable abroad, 2Ch_20:29. When they heard that God fought thus for Israel, they could not but say, There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, and Happy art thou, O Israel! It begat in the neighbours a reverence of God and a cautious fear of doing any injury to his people. It is dangerous fighting against those who have God with them. 2. It was made very easy and quiet at home, 2Ch_20:30. (1.) They were quiet among themselves. Those that were displeased at the destroying of the images and groves were now satisfied, and obliged to own that since the God of Israel could deliver after this sort he only is to be worshipped, in that way only which he himself has appointed. (2.) They were quiet from the fear of insults from their neighbours, God having given them rest round about. And, if he give rest, who can give disturbance?” Matthew Henry Commentary
O, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ there is now no peace, no quiet, and you will constantly be at war with those around you. If you do not have peace with God you are at war with yourself, with others, and with God. Your own worst enemy is looking right at you when you look into the mirror every morning; if you know not the LORD.