Everybody loves a good road trip. These kinds of trips are etched in our hearts and minds for generations. What about those road trips that you’d just soon forget. We’ve all had them, we’ve all hated them, and we’ve all vowed to never take one again.
You know, our spiritual journey through life is like a road trip. God longs to take us on a road trip that is filled with one God story after another. Lets look at Jehoshaphat’s amazing road trip in 2 Chronicles 17-20 and learn how God can use his story to teach us to prepare for our road trip of life.
Act with courage, and may the Lord be with those who do well.” – 2 Chronicles 19:11b
Drive to God
Many times we forget where we’re going. It’s vital that we remember that our destination is God. As we drive to God it will take deep trust and unwavering faith in God’s promises to keep moving forward. Jehoshaphat what characterized as a man that sought God and longed to honor God in every way. His relationship with God was unquestionable. Driving to God takes spending time in His word, praying, and obeying what we learn. These things ensure we are always mindful of where we’re going.
How can you better drive to God in your daily life?
Drive with Others
Many times we hit the road alone. We know where we want to go and leave everyone else behind. Jehoshaphat started his trip buy surrounding himself with like-minded God followers. He then challenged them to go into Judah and remind the people of God’s love for them. Finally, he pulled his people together to pray, sing, and seek God together. He knew it was vital to drive with others. Driving to God with others results in deep trust and worship of God.
How would driving with others benefit your spiritual journey?
Drive through the Adversity
Many times we give up when things aren’t easy. God reminds us a successful journey doesn’t depend on us; He is with us through it all. People surrounded Jehoshaphat and sought to change or kill his focus. He continued to drive through the adversity. He was driving to God and driving with others that longed to bring honor and glory to God. The adversity didn’t have room to distract him from his destination.
How can you begin to look past adversity and keep your eyes on God?
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9a (NIV)