2 Chronicles 17:12-13
So Jehoshaphat became increasingly powerful, and he built fortresses and storage cities in Judah. He had much property in the cities of Judah; and the men of war, mighty men of valor, were in Jerusalem.
-Power was associated with wealth, wisdom, strength & a great army in the Old Testament kingdoms. Just like his predecessors King Solomon, Rehoboam & Asa, Jehoshaphat built castles, stores for corn, wine & other food items & grew in wealth. He had a massive army classified into the various tribes of Israel. In the tribe of Judah there was, Adnah the captain with 300,000 mighty men of valor, Jehohanan had 280,000 & Amasiah had 200,000. In the tribe of Benjamin; Eliada had 200,000 men & Jehozabad had 180,000, & other armed forces were spread throughout the fortified cities of Judah. King Jehoshaphat was very instrumental in suppressing idol worship in Judah & God granted them peace & prosperity. In the modern world, superpowers have expressed might in GDP size, economic growth, military strength & technology, infrastructural development, cultural strength, technological advancement, diplomatic & soft power influences. It is important to note that God has established His throne in heaven & His kingdom rules over all (Ps 103:19).
God our Father clothed in power & strength, we thank You for the peace we continue to experience in our nation. We seek Your direction & guidance in our countries leadership, economic, social & financial affairs. May Your peace reach all the war torn countries in the world that they may know You & experience You in a special way. All glory, honour, power & praise belong to You. Amen
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