2Chronicles 20:1-30, vs.12 “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
It’s encouraging when you know what to do in a situation and what action to take. You can act based on the knowledge, ability and wisdom you have. But what happens when you find yourself in a situation where you just don’t know what to do? I mean you look at your knowledge, abilities, resources and wisdom and you see them as nothing compared to what is before you. Some of us have been in situations like that, one time auctioneers were at our door to take our stuff because we had a pending debt and we did not know what to do. We have had a few sick cases in our family we just did not know what to do. You may have things running through your mind even right now you recall you did not know what to do, or you are facing it right now. Lets see a man and his people who faced impossible situation.
2Chronicles 20 is one of my favorite chapters, it teaches me a lot about how God fights for His people and delivers them when they are in no position to fight for themselves. A message came to Jehoshaphat saying,vs. 2, “…A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar”. The great multitude the Ammonites, the Moabites, and others from Syria were coming AGAINST King Jehoshaphat and his people and they did not know what to do. A king who had troops reached a meltdown point where he just didn’t know what to do.
In the midst of not knowing what to do in the physical realm, he knew what to do in the spiritual realm. He called on the King of kings, the Commander in chief of the armed forces, the Captain of all host, vs. 3, “And Jehoshaphat feared,and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD”. Instead of summoning troops and trying everything in his own strength, he’s number one move in the midst of his fears which is the first thing that hits us, he set himself to seek the Lord. He understood that if he did not know what to do in a situation like this, the King he reported to would. This is how we should handle situations that come our way with no answers. I know how easy it is to panic first and may be try other things but like Jehoshaphat, let’s us first turn to the Lord. If I’m going to turn to the Lord, I’m going to count on Him to see me through.
You know what caused Jehoshaphat to come and trust God with this situation?, vs. 6-vs. 9, 1. He remembered God was the Lord of their fathers who had made promises to their fathers (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob etc.) and was going to keep them 2. He remembered that God was in heaven ruling over all the kingdoms including the kingdoms against them. 3. He remembered that in the hands of God there was power and might. 4. He remembered the former victories the Lord had given his people especially Abraham 5. He remembered God’s promises that He will hear their cry. His remembrance and reminding the Lord must have boosted his faith to believe that if God did it then, He could do it again.
What do we have to encourage us to trust in the Lord with our situations? His word Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble”, Psalm 3:3, “But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head”, Psalm 23:4-5 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;”, Psalm 37:23,”The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way”
When you don’t know what to do, call on Him who knows what to do. To continue, Blessings
- The Lord Is With Us, Part 1of5, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Commend It To God’s Care, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- The Lord Is With Us, Part 2of5, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Shield Of Defense Is Present, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- I Know Because I Know Him, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)