Ever since first being introduced to Jehoshaphat (reading through 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles), I've been drawn to the life of this man. He loved God and tried to be a disciplemaker for God with the people in his sphere of influence. Right up front in 2 Chronicles 17:3-4, it is declared that the Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he sought God and "followed His commands rather than the practices of Israel." Guess who was leading Israel at this time. Yep, the very wicked Ahab and Jezebel. Jehoshaphat's life provided a stark contrast between good and evil. God established the kingdom under Jehoshaphat's control so much so that it made the surrounding lands fear the Lord more. Verse 6 says his "heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord." Devoted. How devoted? Well, he organized the discipling of all his people by taking the Word of God to the people where they lived. He sent officials, certain Levites, and a couple of priests with copies of the Books of Moses (first 5 books of the Bible). "They went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people (verse 9)." Now that's intentional disciplemaking — going to the people so everyone can hear, not just those who travel to Jerusalem for festivals.