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October 14, 2014

One Step of Faith Makes a World of Difference, Part 2

This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.  Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel.  But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

2 Chronicles 20: 15-17 (NLT)

What do you do when you are overwhelmed by circumstances beyond your control?  How do you handle impossible situations?  If you’re not facing them now, hold on, because I’m sure you will at some point.  It’s only a matter of time.  Thankfully, God has not left us wondering about what to do.  His Word gives us practical counsel that will move us from the Valley of Overwhelmed to the Valley of Blessing!  He uses a King in the Old Testament to show us how we can take a step of faith that will make a world of difference.  As we studied this passage yesterday, we saw how God taught the King to stop fretting and remember that He was with him.  In verse 17, God says,“Do not be afraid or discouraged.  Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”  Knowing that God is with you changes everything!  With the confidence of God’s presence, the King could step out in faith.

This was the case for a young man in the Old Testament who was overwhelmed and outnumbered by the forces coming against him and the prophet he served.  His story is found in 2 Kings 6:16-17.  When the young servant went outside, he saw an army of horses and chariots ready to attack them.  He cried out to the prophet in fear!  I love the way the Message paraphrases the prophets response:  He said, “‘Don’t worry about it – there are more on our side than on their side.’  Then Elisha (the prophet) prayed, ‘O God, open his eyes and let him see.’  The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw.  A wonder!  The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha!”  When you’re feeling overwhelmed and outnumbered, ask God to open your eyes to see the wonder of His presence!  The greatest miracle is not God’s presents but rather God’s presence!  Remember, God is with you and that changes everything!  You and God are a majority!  It’s not what you do for God but what He does in and through you that makes a difference!