Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 20:1-19. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV) 12 “…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
On verses 1-19: Jehoshaphat gets word that the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites are on their way to attack Jehoshaphat’s land of Judah (v1-2). Jehoshaphat responds by inquiring of the Lord and proclaiming a fast for all of Judah (v3). As the people of Judah assemble to seek help from the Lord, Jehoshaphat stands up, recalls who God is (v7), recalls what God has done (v8-9), tells God their current situation (v10-11), admits their desperate need for God and proclaims their trust in Him (v12). I love what Jehoshaphat says in verse 12: “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.”
God responds by giving a word to Jahaziel, telling Jehoshaphat and the people not to be afraid or discouraged. He also tells them that “you will not have to fight this battle” (v17) “for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (v15). The people only need to take up their positions, face their enemy tomorrow “and see the deliverance the Lord will give you” (v17).
Jeho and the people fall down in worship before the Lord (v18-19).
What can we learn from all this? Here Jehoshaphat does an excellent job of modeling how a great leader responds to pressure. When you and those in your care are under pressure, like Jehoshaphat, don’t panic. Instead:
Go to God first, inquire of Him and seek His face.
Pray and encourage those in your care to do the same. When you pray:
recall who God is (v7). Remember that as great as the pressure you face may feel, God is far greater. As Jehoshaphat says, “You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand and no one can withstand you.” (v7)
recall what God has done (v8-9). Think back to times past when God allowed His people to face similar situations. Remember what God did back then and how He has prepared you to face this current situation.
tell God your current situation (v10-11). Keep the lines of communication open with Him.
admit your desperate need for God and ask for His help (v12).
Like Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah, when you respond to pressure with prayer, you not only gain peace, but also perspective and power to face your problem.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hands. No one can withstand You. Therefore thank You that whatever challenge I am facing today, it is nothing compared to You. Thank You that as I look to You, You will give me everything I need to face and overcome the challenge in front of me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!