In our passage today, we see a continued theme throughout the Old Testament: the unfaithfulness of the Israelites. I want to look at a specific verse this morning that shows the subtlety of this.
7 And he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to battle against Moab?” And he said, “I will go. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” 8 Then he said, “By which way shall we march?” Jehoram answered, “By the way of the wilderness of Edom.”
9 So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. And when they had made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them. 2 Kings 3:7-9 (ESV)
The ESV Study Bible has a keen insight to these 3 verses: “Missing on this occasion, however, is any desire on Jehoshaphat’s part to discover the counsel of the Lord before going off to war; here he moves directly from agreement to tactics, and from tactics to action.” The question this raises for us today is: what in our lives do we do without considering the Lord?
It is clear that we seek the Lord in big decisions: who to marry, where to go to college, etc. But what role does seeking the Lord have in your every day life? Are your days marked by a ceaseless prayer that reflects a heart that wants to honor and glorify God and is desperate to be obedient to Him? Or has self-sufficiency subtlety deceived us into believing that we can do it without God?
Pray now, for God to give you increased awareness of your dependence on Him, and for grace to repent if needed.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice