Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our Eyes Are On You

2 Chronicles 20:12b    "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."

Jehosaphat was the king of Judah and he had a problem. Several other kingdoms (Moab, Ammon, and Aram) had joined forces and were dispatching a "vast army" to attack Judah. Jehosaphat was alarmed, but he did not panic or call together a panel of advisors in his war room to try and decide how to handle this situation. He inquired of the Lord. Not only that, he proclaimed a fast for all of Judah and the people came together to pray and seek the Lord's help. In verses 6-12, he stands before the people and prays a wonderful prayer praising God and acknowledging His sovereignty. But I love the last line, "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."

I wonder what battle you are facing? I am facing a few. Decisions that weigh heavy on the heart and mind. Concerns for the future. Yesterday I wrote about letting Jesus carry our burdens, letting Him walk with us through the difficult times. Jehosaphat is the Old Testament example of doing just that. He hadn't a clue how to handle this impending military disaster, but he was looking to the Lord for an answer. He focused on God's power to answer and deliver them out of their situation rather than relying on his own strength and wisdom.

Further on in chapter twenty, the Lord answered him through Jahaziel. In verses 15 - 17 He said, "Do not be afraid or discouraged...for the battle is not your own, but God's...You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you...Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you." Hallelujah! We do not face our trials or our enemies alone! We just need to take up our positions, stand firm and watch what God will do!

So many times I get overwhelmed, frustrated, aggravated, irritated because I am trying to manage my burdens and battles on my own. If I could only remember to just stop and say, "Lord, I don't have a clue what to do here, but I am just looking to You for an answer." I think that is possibly the prayer we should start each day with. Then, when things are really getting out of hand, we should call a few friends and we could all seek the Lord together. Can you imagine?

"Oh, Lord, help me to always look to you for deliverance and answers. I am so clueless and You know it all. Thank You for being on my side."

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