Our eyes are on you

Read the story of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles, chapters 17 – 20 to follow along.

This is part two of our discussion on “what to do, when you don’t know what to do”. Click here for part one. 

Here is a quick summary of what we have learned (about Jehoshaphat) from chapters 17-19

  • He has a sincere heart after God
  • He has equipped his land with God’s truth by providing teachers in the land
  • He allied with the king of Israel, through marriage
  • He has over a million men of valor in his army
  • He has already faced a near death experience once and God came to his rescue
  • He is a prosperous and blessed man

Chapter 20: The Attack

Chapter 20 opens with some really bad and unexpcted news! King Jehoshaphat learns that there is a “great multitude” coming to attack him.  Pause for a moment… Chapter 17 records that there are over a million mighty men of war on the kings side. However, Jehoshaphat was scared.  How massive was the multitude that was gearing up for the attack?  
 

Can you relate?

These are the battles that don’t make sense, the ones that we could have never prepared for, the ones that completely overwhelm us.

The Response

The King was afraid, rightly so…BUT his response to that fear was to call a fast and seek the face of God. What if this was our first response every time we were afraid?  

FEAR

Fear can go one of two ways in our lives.

  1. We can allow it to turn into a “spirit of fear”, where we are controlled, paralyzed, and shoved back because of it.
  2. We can respond by seeking the face of God and gain proper insight to His strategy.

CONFUSION

As you continue to read through chapter 20 (verses 5-12), there is a sense that Jehoshaphat has some questions to ask God and some situations that he is quite confused about. Let’s zoom in on verses 10-12:

“And now, here are the people of Moab, and Mount Seir–whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them– here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. 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.”

This is what I hear when I read these verses:

  • God we followed Your directions, do you remember that?
  • Is this my reward for faithfully following You? Do you understand how unfair this is?
  • Maybe you made a mistake by allowing that enemy to live, maybe our ways would have been better.
  • I am losing everything that you promised, do you see? do you care? are you going to do anything?

If you were honest, have you ever felt this way?

What on earth do you do? 

Let’s end todays post with one simple thought. When the battle is bigger than all of your wisdom, resources, strength, and understanding… simply turn your eyes toward Jesus. This is our first step in victory! Don’t let your first response be to talk about the size of your problem but to work out the size of your problem in the presence of the King of Kings.

Stay with me, we will take this a step further tomorrow as we talk about the strategies from Heaven. 

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