It’s summertime, and the roads of Montana are lined with sunflowers. They nods their golden heads in the breeze and make people smile. Sunflowers got that name because their faces follow the sun all day long.
That reminds me of a king in the Bible. His name was Jehoshaphat. One day all the neighboring kings decided to gang up on King Jehoshaphat and attack his country, the land of Judah. They began marching toward Judah with all their weapons.
When King Jehoshaphat heard the news, the very first thing he did was to pray to God and ask what to do! He also sent out orders that everyone in all Judah should fast. That means they should stop eating for a while. Everyone in the land left their homes and went to Jerusalem, where King Jehoshaphat lived, and prayed to God together.
The king stood in front of everyone. He prayed so everyone could hear him. This is part of what he said. “Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you . . . We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Jehoshaphat kept his heart turned toward God, just like the sunflowers always face the sun! And do you know what? God told him what to do!
Early the next morning, Jehoshaphat led his army out to face the enemy. He chose men to sing and walk ahead of the army! They sang, “Give thanks to the Lord! His faithful love endures forever!”
As soon as they began to sing and praise God, the Lord made their enemies start fighting among themselves! They destroyed each other! When King Jehoshaphat arrived, not even one enemy was still alive!
God is more powerful than anyone on earth can imagine. So keep your heart facing God, like King Jehoshaphat did, and like the sunflowers face the sun. God will take care of you! Trust him.
Until our next campfire, I’m sending you hugs and kisses!