The Prayerful Leader in Times of Adversity (Part 1)

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In times of adversity leaders especially Christians shine the most. This is where the rubber meets the road. And as Christians face the cold truth of a crisis, problem or conflict, here we can see also how he will hold on to His Creator. Will he stumble or stand? Will he compromise or conquer? Adversity will be the standard of it all. Before we go to the Scripture let me remind you some nuggets of truth on being a Christian leader:

1.                   Christians are leaders whether they like it or not.

2.                   Christians are leaders that should lead others or others will lead him.

So let’s keep that in mind as we see another leader, well a king in the Old Testament. I’m referring to Jehoshaphat a great king with an amazing kind of leadership that Christians should follow. Our text starts with verse 1 of 2 Chronicles 20:

“It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.”  2 Chronicles 20:1-3 

As you can see that King Jehoshaphat and his kingdom is in an impending crisis. Their enemies came to make war. Here we see how Jehoshaphat respond to something that will make or break his leadership. Not only his leadership but his kingdom and His God. How about you? What will you do in times like this? Have you been in a crisis or problem? Adversity is always around the corner in your Christian walk. Now let’s see how Jehoshaphat faces adversity and get wisdom from it as we also deal with adversity:

  1. Adversity not only shapes us as humans but tells us that we are humans. Notice the line “Jehoshaphat feared”. We always hear something like “experience shapes us or mold us.” That is true. But before it can shape us it tells us something about us. We feel different emotions on every experience we go through. Jehoshaphat feared. He feared the army that will attack them. It is normal to fear. It’s normal to cry, doubt, be angry and feel guilty. It is a human thing. We just can put on a face and tell the world outside that everything is ok when deep inside we hurt. We can’t put a “business as usual” sign around our neck when we are in the edge of some crisis. Adversity tells us we are humans. We are limited. We are weak. We need some help. We need God. Let adversity launch us before God’s throne to seek divine help on a predicament we are in.

(To be continued next week…)

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