We will all reach a point in life when we just don't know what to do. I shared a few days ago that I've been in one of those moments of life. 2014 has been a good but hard year. There is much rejoicing, but also much sorrow. And right now God just has me waiting.
As I was thinking and praying more after last week's post on being still and waiting on the Lord here, I stumbled upon this verse from a book of the Bible that isn't quoted very often.
Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.
2 Chronicles 20:12
This verse comes from a passage in scripture in which God's people are being attacked by foreigners. Jehoshaphat is the one that prays this prayer before the Lord. This is just a small part of the prayer, and I encourage you to read the whole chapter here. But the main point is that God's people realize:
The hearts of God's people desperately cry out to him from a place of weakness, and God answers them:
Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance that the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.'
2 Chronicles 20:15-16
What amazes me about the Lord's response is that he tells them:
In the end, the only thing God's people had to do in this passage was trust him, stand firm, and watch the Lord's deliverance. And that's unbelievably encouraging. And if you read the entire chapter, you find that the enemies end up killing themselves, and God's people just look down into the gorge and find dead bodies and plunder. Kind of gruesome, right?
In the midst of my own struggles, fears and sorrow I often forget that it really isn't my battle, it's God's battle. And He will prove Himself trustworthy and faithful time and time again. All I can do is humble myself, bring my weakness before the Lord, and ask Him to work.
God might call me to move and stand or He might just call me to wait, but no matter what, He is always with me. My eyes are on Him.
P.S. Once again above my dog Spice is such a great example of looking to your master. His eyes are always on his master, which is really my dad. Our eyes should be on our Master, King Jesus.
Shalom! I'm Madi, a laughter-loving, movie-going, spontaneous-dancing, follower of Christ. Join me as I seek glimpses of God's grace in the ordinary and everyday.
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