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.”
In sharing from this passage, you can sense Jehoshaphat’s plea to the Lord as earnest because he was a man in deep distress, troubled, however, it was not so much about him but for the people in his kingdom. When he purposed to seek the Lord you can see that he is assembling Judah and Jerusalem that they may all seek the Lord. I can imagine him praying, “Lord for the sake of your name and these people you have given me to lead, please hear our cry”. Instead of exhausting every means before calling on God, he called on God first. A few past chapters in 2Chronicles 7:14 preps them for what they are about to face, “14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”
As we shared, king Jehoshaphat understood who God was, what He had done, what he had promised. One of the things he remembers is in vs. 11, where he says, “here they are (the enemy), rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit”. He did not say “OUR” but “YOUR” possession. When you don’t know what to do, remember what the Lord has done by reminding Him of His promises He has made in His word. This is not suggesting that the Lord forgets and we need to remind Him, this is for our benefit saying to the Lord that we remember His promises through His word.
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.” In not knowing what to do, Jehoshaphat acknowledged his inability. One thing that I find tough to admit is my inability. Inability may give a sign of weakness. For us to come to the Lord, we are going to declare bankrupt and be vulnerable to admit like Jehoshaphat, “we (I) have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us (me)” and not be afraid to admit it. We are not going to pretend that everything is fine when they are not and live in denial. I know people may say “stay positive, refuse to admit you have a problem or there is a problem and it will go away”. There is nothing wrong with admitting you have a situation that is overwhelming and tough to deal with. Psalm 61:2, says “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I”. Jehoshaphat also admitted “…nor do we know what to do“. Here is his encouragement in the midst of his confession, “…but our eyes are upon You”. Remember Peter walking on water, as long as his eyes were fixed on the Lord he could not sink. Jesus did not change the surrounding for Peter to fit in, He changed Peter to fit in a surrounding that had turmoil and chaos. There was heavy waves rocking their boat yet he walked on what he could have been sinking in. When our eyes are upon the Lord, we can ride out what we could have been sinking in as we wait on Him to bring us through.
When you don’t know what to do, admit it and confess it to the Lord then keep your eyes on Him more than you keep your eyes on the obstacle. To continue. Blessings Ev
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