What to do when you don’t know what to do (I)

“…. O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12, New King James Version).

This is the key Bible verse for our “Come and See” devotional today.

The scenario in our key Bible verse reflects the words of a distressed King Jehoshaphat when he was told about the impending disaster about to befall Judah and Jerusalem. Three nations namely, Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, came against Judah to fight and destroy her.  2nd Chronicles 20:1 reads “It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat”.

 Similarly we are sometimes confronted by a multitude of challenges such as sickness, lack of positive direction, poverty and failure; and just like King Jehoshaphat and his generals, we run out of ideas on the way out. We found ourselves at the crossroad of life and do not know the way to turn and options may seem equally bad.

In this instance, we should avoid being fearful because fear will often paralyse initiatives. Instead, we should do just as Jehoshaphat did, which was to seek the Lord, who told him to sing praises. The Bible records that: “…he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army…” (2nd Chronicles 20:21b, New King James Version).

Even though this might appear to be an unreasonable, strange and unconventional war strategy, but the Most High God often chooses an uncommon therapy to shame even the wise, and put to shame the things which are mighty. His ways are higher ways and so are His thoughts!

Psalms 22:3 reads “Yet You are Holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel”. God dwells in the praises of His people and therefore, whenever we praise Him we are simply inviting the solution to our difficulties. This point is illustrated in the description, in the Bible, of how the battle ended: “now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.  For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.” (2nd Chronicles 20:22-23, New King James Version)

Let us pray: “Father, as I praise you wholeheartedly; remove all my limitations by your power and mercy,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

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