The Prayerful Leader in Times of Adversity (Part 2)

Let’s go back to where we ended our last lesson. It’s a lesson on leadership from Jehoshaphat the godly king of Judah as he confronts adversity in his life. Are you thinking about some adversity in your life? How did you resolve it? Will you be thanking God for the divine help for you? I hope so. Now with our text:

“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 

After looking last week at adversity which really not just shapes us but tells us we are human let us consider:

2. Adversity not only led us to count our priorities but shows us our utmost priority.


Again verse 3 “and set himself to seek God.” Have you seen those live reports on TV where there is fire in a heavily residential area? As people run out of their burning houses, you can see they are bringing out their valuable belongings. TV, refrigerators, jewelry boxes, documents and even pets. Why? Because those things are important to them.  Likewise, in adversity it brings out what matters most to us. We don’t want to lose them. Also our priorities are the ones we think about in times of crisis. We sometimes say “What will happen if I lose my job?” What will happen to our family, career, ambition, to my car, to our house or investment?” We seek those important things in adversity. We cherish them. They are precious to us. They complete us. They are our security. They are our priorities. But look at what King Jehoshaphat did. He seeks God’s counsel to this matter. He could have thought of other things. He could have thought of his army, the weapons or allies which will help him in the war. He could think about his family, his staff or his kingdom that needs to be safe out of the bloody battle that is on their way. But no he seeks God which is his utmost priority in life. Is God your utmost priority in your life?  Are you in the midst of a grueling struggle? If you are banking on your fleeting priorities, go to the One which is the utmost priority and has you in His eyes as an utmost priority for all eternity as His child.

(To be continued next week….)


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