Our meditation today shall be on how to attract divine presence and have God for company in your journey through life.
Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he…did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; – 2 Chronicles 17:3-5
The passage above presents us with a principle that attracts the company of God in the journey of life. In summary, the Scripture says Jehoshaphat was not given to idolatry; but he sought God and walked in His commandments. Those were enough reasons for him to have God for company.
Life can be tough even for people who are committed to God, not to talk of those who do not have an ongoing relationship with Him. The latter have no divine cover and are susceptible to all forms of troubles and afflictions.
Jehoshaphat made himself attractive to God because he shunned idolatry by not seeking another god apart from the Almighty God. In this context, “sought” portrays a sense of conscious, deliberate and sustained efforts. That means, Jehoshaphat consciously, deliberately and regularly sought to understand God; how He reasoned, what He wanted, how He wanted it and when, then he disciplined himself to abide by the dictates of his findings.
He also chose not to do the popular things of his time. The Scripture says he did not walk “according to the acts of Israel.” He did not allow himself to be influenced in the opposite direction of God; instead, he shunned the distractions and followed God’s counsel all the way. Those were enough considerations for God to stay with him and establish his kingdom. And God doesn’t stay anywhere without impacts. Perhaps, we can learn from his example.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!