A great multitude came against Judah for battle. Overwhelming disaster seemed unavoidable. How can Judah overcome? What to do?
King Jehoshaphat responded by seeking God’s face. Listen to his prayer that is recorded in 2 Chronicles 20:
“O Lord, God, are You not God in heaven?”
“You rule over all”.
“Did you not, our God....?”
“We will stand before you...and cry out to You.”
“You will hear and save.”
I love how they stood in front of the temple and declared the promises of God. They reminded themselves of God’s power and provision.
How will we respond when our backs are against the wall? When life is chaotic? Tomorrow seems so uncertain.
I want to encourage you today to stand and remind yourself of God’s promises. Declare to yourself His power and faithfulness. Hasn’t He been faithful to you? “He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will deliver us again.” 2 Corinthians 1:10
But look at what Jehoshaphat prays next:
“For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m well acquainted with this feeling powerless.
I don’t know what to do.
I’ve felt this just a few weeks ago. I had a bombshell lobbed at me concerning my job. I was transferred to another department. And not where I wanted to be. I had no choice in the matter.
I was wrenched emotionally. I could see change ahead on the horizon and I was afraid.
I don’t know what to do.
But my eyes are on You.
Oh yes, I am powerless. But my eyes are on my God. He will hear and save. My hope is in Him. “God is my refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
God spoke to Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah, “Don’t be afraid, Don’t be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours, but God’s” “You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.” Needless to say, God fought for Judah and a great victory was won.
A month ago I sat in a meeting afraid, angry and shocked at what was happening. It was nowhere on my radar that all this was about to happen. Ironically, I was studying this chapter for my Sunday School class before all this went down.
It was an ugly situation. But God...I love this. Insert Almighty God in the situation and watch what happens. I stood firm and sought His face. In a week after this meeting at work, I had a new job. My life is different and change can be a bit scary.
He has been with me every step of the way. He kept me strong.