When we finally go to God in crisis, after going to all the other gods in our lives for every day living, we expect that God will be at our beck and call. In fact, if he doesn’t answer, we likely judge God for being distant or not there. Maybe we should be like Jehoshaphat instead…
1 Joram son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned twelve years. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but not as his father and mother had done. He got rid of the sacred stone of Baal that his father had made. 3 Nevertheless he clung to the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he did not turn away from them.
4 Now Mesha king of Moab raised sheep, and he had to pay the king of Israel a tribute of a hundred thousand lambs and the wool of a hundred thousand rams. 5 But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. 6 So at that time King Joram set out from Samaria and mobilized all Israel. 7 He also sent this message to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?”
“I will go with you,” he replied. “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
8 “By what route shall we attack?” he asked.
“Through the Desert of Edom,” he answered.
9 So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them.
10 “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?”
11 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?”
An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.”
12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”
“No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.”
14 Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you.
Sometimes, we only get the Lord’s ear because we have a Jehoshaphat on our side. In other words, God doesn’t lend his ear to people who do evil in his sight. Joram followed the footsteps of Jeroboam in worshiping golden calves (1Kings 12:28-32). God doesn’t bless people who worship idols. So when Joram wanted God’s help, and asked Elisha the prophet to help him, Jehoshaphat was his entry point.
Elisha’s first answer was why don’t you ask the prophets of your parents? Oh yeah, I can’t because they aren’t God’s prophets… Notice how we go to the true God only when we are over a barrel? These kings were at risk of dying of thirst in the desert. That’s why they called the guy who had a direct line to the King.
When we get to the end of ourselves, we go to the one we know can move heaven and earth. We hope that he will listen to us, and if he doesn’t, we are likely to judge him. When we finally go to God in crisis, after going to all the other gods in our lives for every day living, we expect that God will be at our beck and call.
Good luck with that.
God listens to those who serve him. He loves everyone, yet he listens to those who serve him. So why not serve him? Why not become the Jehoshaphat? Don’t rely on someone else to have credentials to get you into see the King. Seek God first and he will look after your needs always (Matthew 6:33).
If you call on God today, will he answer you?