“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12, NIV).
2 Chronicles 20 tells us that when King Jehoshaphat received word of a huge army advancing toward Judah, he was alarmed. Who wouldn’t be? But instead of taking matters into his own hands or finding a good place to hide, as we might do when facing a battle, he resolved to seek the Lord’s help.
Jehoshaphat stood before the community of Judah and Jerusalem, who had gathered at the temple, and led them in prayer. He proclaimed God’s greatness and laid out their dilemma to him. After the king admitted they were powerless against the adversary, he said, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Soon the Lord responded through a prophet who said, “Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged. The battle isn’t yours; it’s God’s. Just stand firm and see what God will do for you.”
The people bowed in worship, and Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord. They went out at the head of the army praising God and giving thanks.
What happened next? Our creative Lord set ambushes and confused the enemy camp; the invading soldiers defeated themselves.
This story serves as a wonderful reminder of what we should do in times of trouble: look to God and give him praise. That’s how the battles are won.
God, thank you for the victory you give when we look to you for help.
Twila Belk, aka The Gotta Tell Somebody Gal, is a writer and speaker who loves braggin’ on God. Her latest book, a one-year devotional, is Raindrops from Heaven: Gentle Reminders of God’s Power, Presence, and Purpose.