Jehoshaphat “followed [God’s] commands” and “the Lord established the kingdom under his control.”
Jehoshaphat sent Levites out to teach the people God’s law and “the fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdoms of the land surrounding Judah.”
Jehoshaphat cried out to God while being pursued by enemies, “and the Lord helped him.”
Jehoshaphat allied himself with Israel—marrying Ahab’s daughter and going to war with Israel—and he was told, “the wrath of the Lord is on you.”
“Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord” when the enemy was poised to attack and God gave him assurance of victory.
Jehoshaphat appointed worshipers to lead the army and “the Lord set ambushes” to defeat the enemy, causing His fear to once again fall on the surrounding nations.
Jehoshaphat allied himself with Israel again and their joint sailing venture ended in shipwreck.
It seems to me that the blessings of following God and doing things His way, and the consequences of ignoring His commands, are so plainly visible. There really is no excuse for my ignorance on this.
The question is: Will I do things God’s way and enjoy His blessings, or will I continue to try to do things my way and risk God’s wrath?