We often read that scripture in 2 Chronicles when we feel helpless and in need of encouragement. It says in 2 Chron 20 vs 17: you will not need to fight in this battle, but stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed.
I read this chapter this morning as part of my quiet time and the verse that got me was vs 12: "O God, will You not execute judgement on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You". It completely spoke into my heart about how I feel right now - powerless! Powerless in the face of the worldwide virus issue. Powerless in the face of the vaccination dilemma. Just plain powerless. Seriously, what can I do? What can little me do?
But the verse does not stop there! No! It ends in faith! Jehoshaphat heard (vs 2) about these armies coming against him. He was afraid (vs 3(a): Then Jehoshaphat was afraid...) but in his fear he turned to God (vs 3(b)...and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah). This attitude of faith in God to overcome the enemies creating fear follows through in vs 12 which ends with a statement of faith and trust that even though they are powerless, and they have no idea what to do about the situation, their eyes are on the Lord! Why? Because they know that God can and will overcome their enemies.
So, in my powerlessness in the face of this horde trampling the earth, I don't know what to do BUT my eyes are on the Lord! My salvation is from Him and Him alone.
I encourage you today, if you are afraid, feeling helpless, feeling powerless, feeling frustrated and in fear, turn your eyes away from the horde (whatever you fear) and look to Jesus! Keep your eyes on Him, and like it says in vs 17:
- you will not need to fight IN this battle
- stand firm
- hold your position
- see the salvation the Lord on your behalf
- do not be afraid
- do not be dismayed
- face your fear and the Lord will be with you.