Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you simply didn’t know what to do? Maybe you have faced difficult circumstances…attacks from the enemy that have resulted in an overwhelming fear. Fear that blinds you to any possible solution.
The story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 gives us a good example of what to do when we feel powerless and don’t know what to do.
'“And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them. Now see how they reward us! For they have come to throw us out of your land, which you gave us as an inheritance. O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”’ 2 Chronicles 20:10-12
Jehoshaphat prayed and acknowledged to the Lord that he didn’t know what to do. The New King James version then says: “but our eyes are upon You.” It is amazing what happens when we add God to our perspective.
God responded to Jehoshaphat’s prayer saying: “Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord ’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” 2 Chr 20:15-17
We find in Hebrews 12:2: “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.
Facing our fears is best done by facing Jesus and keeping our eyes on Him.
Where are you looking for help?
2 Chronicles 20:1-30, Hebrews 12:1-3, Hebrews 13:8, Romans 8:28
Lord Jesus, I turn my eyes upon you, looking full in your wonderful face, and as I do the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of your glory and grace. Thank you, Jesus. Amen