Keep Your Eyes on God: What Are You Going to Do?
“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 (NIV)
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, had a problem. A coalition of enemies have united in a siege against Jerusalem. Not just one enemy, but three different countries had pooled their resources to wipe Judah off the map. Jehoshaphat had been in tough spots before, and to the LORD’s displeasure, he allied with Israel under King Ahab to the north, rather than trusting the LORD’s provision. Jehoshaphat learned his lesson. And this time he calls all of Israel for a sacred assembly – to pray: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Are you facing a problem so big that you are powerless against it? Does something seem so insurmountable you just have no idea what to do? Who are you looking to?
Are finances so tight you don’t know how to pay the next bill? Are relationships so alienated you don’t know how to work through it? Are hurts so deep you don’t know how to forgive? Is work so hard you don’t know how to accomplish it?
When you don’t know what to do, turn your eyes to Jesus. “In His hand are power and might so that no one is able to withstand.” (2 Chronicles 20:6)
The answer Jehoshaphat got was, “This battle is not for you to fight; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord…” (2 Chronicles 20:17) The answer is for you, too. When the problems seem so big, so insurmountable, remember God is bigger – and you are precious to Him! Take your position – affirm you relationship with God and seek to be completely obedient and surrendered to Him. Stand still – place your unswerving trust in Him. And watch. Resist the temptation to seek other alliances. Resist the temptation to step out in unauthorized action. Watch and see what God will do. Place your eyes on Him.
Rowland S. Buck
Burks United Methodist Church