I’m going to do my favorite thing this week: Teach The Word of God! This week we are going to talk about “What to do when you don’t know what to do?” Follow along and join the discussion as we use the story of King Jehoshaphat to explore this topic.
As we open the story of King Jehoshaphat, let’s first establish some context. I hope you will give me permission to be really honest throughout this topic, in the coming days!
This story takes place during a time when God’s children were dwelling in Canaan (their promised land). Joshua and Caleb had some major victories in taking dominion over their promised possession. However, the generation that came after Joshua and Caleb did not know the God that made these conquests possible:( The people demanded human kings to rule over them. Under the rulership of human kings, we see the entrance of pride, greed, selfishness, and hardship. Eventually, God’s people were divided into two kingdoms! When they lost sight of Theocracy (serving one God, as one people, eyes on one King) division began to lead them back into bondage.
These two kingdoms would be called Israel and Judah. Kings were appointed that did what was evil in the sight of God and the people followed them. Kings were appointed that did what was right in the sight of God and the people followed them. However, we would find out that their hearts were not personally and truly engaged.
King Jehosephat rose as king over Judah and the Bible says that he did what was right in the sight of the Lord.
As we discuss our topic this week, I want to talk to those who have felt that they have done right in the sight of the Lord, that they have endeavored to live righteously. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not talking about perfection but a whole-heartedness toward the things of God. Then one day you wake up and are face to face with a battle that seems so unfair…one you were not prepared.
Jehosephat did not seek idols, he walked in God’s ways, he experienced riches and honor. Most importantly his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord — yet he came to this place where the battle was so huge that “he did not know what to do…”
Let’s be honest, sometimes our first response is to blame ourselves. We’ve endeavored to live with a heart after God but we know that we have made mistakes, so we start to blame ourselves. The problem is that “blamestorming” will continue on to blaming others and then blaming God… I want to first assure you that you are not alone but I also want to assure that they blame train is never ending! Today, we make an exit off of the “blame-train” and this week we are going to learn how to get a proper perspective when the battle is bigger than our resources!
Am I alone? Have you had a time in life where you simply did not know what to do? What kind of emotions did this stir in your heart? Keep following, I will have more tomorrow!