Till recently I’d never heard of the product known as Kalms. If you’re also out of that loop let me explain what it is. Kalms is a natural remedy tablet that you can take to relieve periods of worry, irritability, stress and strain.
The pandemic has created added stress worldwide. Anxiety was just as prevalent in the past as well. The Old Testament’s stories, of how God helps His people, serve as a super natural remedy to ease our fears and keep us at peace. (Phillipians 4:7)
A Tough Job
There was a King named Jephosaphat who understood anxiety quite well. Just imagine the pressures you’d face as a ruler. But the Lord was with Jehoshaphat because He did good things. He lived as his father Asa did when he first became king: He obeyed God and depended on Him for help.
When armies came to attack Jehosaphats land he experienced great fear. However, he immediately sought God’s help, asking the Lord what to do. Then he announced that no one should eat during this special time of prayer. (2 Chronicles 20:3-4)
Unlike Jehosaphat’s father (Asa) who made the mistake of depending on help to come from another source (The king of Aram.) Jehoshaphat remembered God’s goodness. The Lord always helps those who humbly seek Him.
“The Lord searches all the earth for people who have given them-selves completely to Him. He wants to make them strong. Asa, you did a foolish thing. From now on you will have wars.”2 Chronicles 16:9
God Calms His People
As the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their families, the Spirit of the Lord entered a man named Jahaziel and spoke these words:
“Listen to me, King Jehoshaphat! Listen all you people living in Judah and Jerusalem! The Lord says this to you: ‘Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of this army. The battle is not yours. It is God’s battle. Tomorrow go down there and fight those people. They will come up at the Pass of Ziz. You will find them at the end of the ravine that leads to the Desert of Jeruel. You won’t need to fight in this battle. Just stand strong in your places. You will see the Lord save you. Judah and Jerusalem don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged. The Lord is with you. So go out against those people tomorrow!”2 Chronicles 20:13-17
Because Jephosaphat respected the Lord he bowed face down and worshipped Him. All of the people of Jerusalem and Judah bowed down and praised God with loud voices.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Braveheart, Jehosaphat’s next move may bring you a vision of William Wallace’s fired up speech before riding off into battle.
“Listen to me people of Judah and Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God. Then you will stand strong. Have faith in the Lord’s prophets. Then you will succeed.” After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.(2 Chronicles 20:21-23)
Because the people respected, obeyed and trusted God they stood their ground and God won the battle for them.
Jesus Saves Those Who Seek Him
“I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears”Psalm 34:4
“But because Jesus lives forever, He will never stop serving as priest. So He is able always to save those who come to God through Him because He always lives, asking God to help them.”Hebrews 7:24-25
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