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July 11, 2016

Seeking His Counsel First: Part 2

“O God, … we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”  2 Chronicles 20: 12  (NIV)

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?  Life can be overwhelming, and indecision just causes stress.  Last week, we learned about a king named Jehoshaphat who “set (his) heart on seeking God.”  Jehoshaphat was requested to enter into a partnership with another king; he and this king were connected through the marriage of their children.  In response, Jehoshaphat said,

“First seek the counsel of the Lord.”  2 Chron. 18:4 (NIV)

That spiritual discipline saved his life!  Read 2 Chronicles 18 to find out how.  Today, we find the same king in a real jam!  People who have set their heart on God and seek Him first are certainly not immune to problems, are they?  Jehoshaphat wasn’t.  He had an evil alliance of three nations in route to attack him and his kingdom.  They were outnumbered, ill-equipped, and unprepared for battle.  What would you do if the odds were against you and you were in imminent peril with nowhere to run?  What if you were also in charge, and people were depending on you?

Take a lesson from this wise old king.  Look what he did.

“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord….”  2 Chron. 20:3a (NIV)

That’s right – he prayed!  He led his nation to pray as well.  You can read the prayer in verses 6 through 12.  When fear and panic would have paralyzed him, prayer connected him to the One who set him free.  Prayer gave him a new perspective on the problem.

1. He reminded himself of how powerful God was in comparison to his enemies.
“O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven? You rule over ALL the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and NO ONE can withstand You.” (V. 6)

2. He remembered God’s promises.
“If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name and will cry out to You in distress, and You will hear us and save us.” (V. 9) A promise given in 1 Kings 8:37-38

3. He took his problem to God and asked for help.
“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (V. 12)

Tomorrow, we will see what happened next.  It’s awesome!  Don’t peak.

“O God, You are awesome!  Your power and rule is  far greater than all my problems.  I am safe in Your care and love.  You will never lead me where Your power cannot keep me!  I trust Your provision today for my every need!  You are more than able to deliver me from any problem!  Thank you that nothing is impossible with you, regardless of how I feel.”