In the world but not of it

November 25, 2010

Knowing what to do…

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We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help. 2 Chronicles 20:12

You will hear it said over and over again that to the degree that we are honest with God is to the degree that He can work in our lives.

The issue with most of us is that we think we know what to do. We like to think we’ve got everything figured out and we like to talk about our level of understanding of how certain things work.

In fact, we take pride in the knowledge we have about certain topics and it is always an ego boost when someone tells a person to come talk to us about this or that because we know so much about it.

But the reality is that no matter how knowledgeable we are about a given topic, there is much we don’t know.

Take handling a major crisis or event in our lives, for example.

We all have moments where we really need help and are afraid to ask. Jehoshaphat was facing a major crisis. Vast armies had gathered not too far away and were on the move. All his leadership skills, military planning, civil ordinances and structure would be of no help this time.

The armies against him were simply too large and too mighty.

He didn’t deny the reality nor did he gather the people and give them a motivational speech. This wasn’t a scene from Braveheart where William Wallace rallied the troops. This was reality and fear settling in and verse three says that Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news…

But this is where the story gets good. Jehoshaphat did what we need to do when faced with situations we simply cannot control; he prayed and brought God right into it. He acknowledged the inability to face this crisis in human strength but he also acknowledged God’s ability to manage it.

God did more than manage it. He won the victory and not one arrow or spear of Jehoshaphat’s army was lifted.

There is one more major point. Jehoshaphat’s response to this victory was to tell his people something that Jesus would echo in the future as He spoke to Nicodemus that evening (John 3) about the only condition to enter into an eternal relationship with the Father…

Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm. 2 Chronicles 20:20

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