14(2Chron 20) What to Do When You Don't Know what to do
Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Paul said an evil day would come. What do we do when our dreams are shattered, when we get devastating news and tragedy strikes our home, when all kinds of trouble and calamity hits us so hard that we feel numb? What do we do when we are just facing hopeless situations? What do we do when we don't know what to do?
Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-4,14-17
King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were facing an impossible situation. It was their evil day. They were surrounded by three large armies that were quickly closing in on them and just about to attack them. (2)
I'm sure fear shot through the King's body like lightning. He wanted to run.
They had to answer him back, "King, there's nowhere to run. " And I can hear Jehoshaphat say, "How in the world could that be? That's impossible. What army could possibly be that large?" And they said, "King, it's not one army. We've got bad news-it's three armies coming against us. The people of Moab, Mt. Seir, and Ammon.
All of us are going to face a situation similar to King Jehoshaphat. Where we've been given devastating news and it seems like there's no possible way out. Maybe it's a doctor that walks in and says, "Man, I'm sorry but there's nothing we can do for you". Maybe it's a husband who walks out on you one day and says, "Forget it. I'm tired. I'm leaving." Maybe it's an employer that walks in and says, "Man, business is really bad. I'm sorry, but we're not going to need you anymore. We're going to have to let you go."
What do we do when trouble hits us so hard that it knocks the wind out of us and we feel like life just doesn't have any more meaning, it's not worth living? The first thing we usually do is weep. There's nothing wrong with that. God's created us as emotional beings. Just because we're people of faith does not mean that we're immune to feelings.
The people in the Bible weren't superhuman; they were ordinary people just like you and me. They had feelings; they had emotions just like we do.
Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for weeping. But friends, there also comes a time where you've got to dry your tears and you've got to get a hold of yourself and you've got to stand up strong and prepare for the battle. The Bible says, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy is going to come in the morning."
And if you continue to hold on to grief and sorrow, it will eventually turn into self-pity. You'll let bitterness develop and you'll start to blame and question God.
Jehoshaphat was just given the worst news of his life--certain death sentence. But now he's gone through his period of grief. He's gone through his period of weeping and it's interesting what he did. The Bible says in verse 3 that he instructed all the people of Judah to fast and pray. And the Bible says that they all went and they gathered reverently before God at the temple. I can imagine they got down on their knees. And the Bible says they turned their faces up toward the heavens. And King Jehoshaphat prayed this powerful prayer.
Revival comes when God’s people begin to seek God’s face.
When you come to a place in your life where it just seems hopeless and you just can't see any possible solution…and really you just don't know what to do, you've got to do what King Jehoshaphat did. You've got to turn your eyes up toward the Great I Am.
Luke 18:27 Jesus said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
And see, you've got to lift your hands/hearts toward the heavens like Jehoshaphat did and do three things. 1) Remind God who He is. 2) Remind God and thank Him for what He's done for you in the past. 3) Remind God of the promises in His Word.
You cannot focus and continually think about all the tragedy and turmoil that's surrounding you. Don't focus on your present day circumstances. Quit listening to that talk that's trying to drag you down and to tell you all the reasons why you're never going to make it through your situation. You've must see past your current condition and see yourself victoriously. You can't continually think about how big your problem is, you've got to continually think about how big your God is.
If you only focus on your present day circumstances, it means you're looking down. You've got to change your focus. The Psalmist said, "I will lift up my eyes to the heavens because that's where my help comes from."
(12-13) God, we don't know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. What happens when you keep your focus on the Almighty God in your time of need? It says as the people were all there looking up towards the heavens, the young people, the children, the men. As they were all there staring up towards the heavens, something supernatural happened. God supernaturally moves when you keep your focus on Him.
(14-15) The Bible says, "The spirit of the Lord came upon Jehaziel and he began to prophesy." (Read 15) Isn't that good?
When you keep your focus on the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords in your dark time of need, you're not even going to have to get in the battle. He promises that He's going to fight those battles for you. See, Proverbs 21:31 says, "Go ahead and prepare for conflict, but victory comes from our God."
(16-17) God told the people of Judah to do something very strange. He said, I want you to march down toward the enemy and attack them. Now that didn't make sense because they were probably outnumbered 10 to 1. But we've got to remember that God is smarter and wiser than we are.
We've got to learn to let God be God. He knows what He's doing. And even when we don't understand Him, we still must learn to trust Him and be obedient to Him.
(21) God works in mysterious ways. Jehoshaphat put the singers and the musicians out in front of his army. And with every step toward the enemy, they shouted loudly, "The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever."
(22-23) And can't you imagine with every step they took they got louder and louder. The very moment they began to sing and shout the praises of God that the Lord caused the three enemy armies to get confused and begin to fight amongst themselves.
(29) The Bible also says that this good news of how God supernaturally defeated their enemies and supernaturally took care of them could not be suppressed.
So stand strong and be determined and stay focused and be faithful to come to church every time the doors open. What do you do when you don't know what to do? Keep your eyes on the Most High God.
Mark 9:23 “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”