When Jehoshaphat finds himself facing the imminent attack of a large number of armies, he assesses the situation and realizes that his army does not stand a chance. Then Jehoshaphat does what many of us would do in such a situation: he sets his face to seek the Lord. It makes sense that he would do that. A likely overthrow was coming, and Jehoshaphat surely didn't want his nation to come to ruin. Wouldn't we all do that? In our times of desperation we are quick to seek the Lord. But what about when life goes along as usual? What about when things aren't going awry and when difficult decisions aren't being made? The individual who is truly committed to the Lord will not seek Him merely when things are going poorly; the individual who is committed to the Lord will seek Him each and every day. And when the challenges of life rear their nasty heads, a foundation already exists for how to handle the situation. That's what prompted the Shaker hymn writers when they wrote the following:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?