John T. Willis

Saturday, August 21, 2010

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you

In the days of King Jehoshaphat of Judah, a great multitude of Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunite went to battle against Jehoshaphat and Judah. Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast in Judah to seek help from Yahweh. Jehoshaphat then uttered this prayer, recorded in 2 Chronicles 20:6-12:

"O Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not God in heaven? Do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In your hand are power and might, so that no one is able to withstand you. Did you not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of your friend, Abraham? They have lived in it, and in it have built you a sanctuary for your name, saying, 'If disaster comes upon us, the sowrd, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before you, for your name is in this house, and cry to you in our distress, and you will hear and save.' See now the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy--they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession that you have give us to inherit. O our God, will you not execute judgment upon them? For we are powerless against this great multitude that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."

When Jehoshaphat uttered this prayer, Yahweh intervened and delivered Jehoshaphat and the Judeans against these enemies.

Read this prayer often and carefully. Many lines are insightful, encouraging, uplifting, inspirational, and deeply devoted to God. Here are a few "key line" thoughts.
1. God is in heaven.
2. God rules over the kingdoms of the nations. [Sometimes we either forget this, or actually do not believe this].
3. Power and might are in God's hand, and no one and no nation can withstand God.
Think of Paul's powerful assurances in Ephesians 6:10-18.
4. In the distant ancient days of Joshua, Yahweh drove the inhabitants of the land of Canaan so his chosen people could live in that land. This was the fulfillment that God gave to Abraham, God's friend.
5. All of us human beings are powerless against hostile enemies.

Like Jehoshaphat and the Judeans, we are faced with difficult problems, problems that overwhelm us and makes us fearful and anxious. And in such times, we do not know what to do. SO, we MUST turn to God ALONE to seek help from HIM. Our eyes are on God ALONE.

Share YOUR ideas and insights with others. Let me hear from YOU.

John Willis


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