Day 9: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Join us every day as we develop the spiritual habit of reading God’s Word – The Divine Map and learn to follow the Divine Guide – the Holy Spirit as He navigates us through the confusing times we live with clarity and peace.
THE DIVINE MAP READING
Navigate 2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV 2011)
“… We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Where’s you focus? In driver’s education, students are taught not to focus on the lights of oncoming traffic because you tend to steer toward what you’re focused on. That principle is true spiritually as well. You become like what you are focused on. What are you focused on? Problems can overwhelm us and fill our hearts and minds with confusion until we don’t know what to do. We have a choice; we can focus on the problems and be filled with panic or, like the King in our passage today, we can choose to shift our focus to God. This King was facing an alliance of three nations coming against him and the people of Judah. They were outnumbered, outmanned, and outgunned with nowhere to go. A battle was inevitable. He made the wise choice; he cried out to God for help and clarity on how to lead his people to face this intimidating enemy. The Bible tells us,
Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek Him. 2 Chronicles 20:3-4 (NIV2011)
Is that your resolve when you face decisions and problems? We often think we can handle everything. Sometimes, God allows overwhelming odds and struggles in our lives to teach us to turn to Him and trust Him. Whatever you are facing, regardless how difficult and impossible the circumstance, know that nothing is too difficult for God.
Take a lesson from this King, and resolve to turn to God in prayer with whatever you are facing. Our problems are God’s opportunities to show Himself mighty in our lives and display His glory to others! When this King prayed, Lord, we don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you, God answered. The Spirit of God said,
“…Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
The King and his people still had to show up, but they now had the confidence that they were not alone! God would fight for them! Quit fighting your battles. The battle is the Lord’s, and the victory is yours in Christ! Give every struggle over to Him, and let Him fight your battles. You are not alone!
Turn your problems into praise. The King faced the battle that day with praise to God for His promise to fight for them. The Bible says,
“The King appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for His love endures forever.’”
As they began to sing and praise the Lord, God began to act on their behalf and gave them the victory. Turn your problems into opportunities to praise. It will shift your focus from the problems to the problem solver.
- What is God showing you through today’s Bible reading?
- Write down the specific issues and problems you’re facing that you can give to God. Be intentional and ask God for help. It’s okay to admit, “Lord, I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on you.” Then, as you wait upon the Lord, jot down what He says to you and does in response. When you see Him respond or come through for you, record what happens and how He did it.