“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 on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV
Sometimes life presents some unexpected realities in each of our lives. We are going along thinking things are pretty good and out of nowhere everything changes. This was the reality for Jehoshaphat and the people of God. They had seen victories, and knew God’s hand of deliverance upon their lives. They had seen Him defeat their enemies but this was a new day and a new challenge was upon them. What were they going to do?
The word comes to Jehoshaphat that a great and vast army was coming at them. They were outnumbered and this army was coming for the purpose of destruction. When the enemy is ready to invade, we better have an understanding of the reality of God.
Fortunately, Jehoshaphat did. He knew God was truly God alone and that He was the only real and safe place to run to in such an hour. Jehoshaphat does three key things here that I find incredible but also life-giving if we choose to do the same in times of overwhelming odds. It does not mean he was not trembling inside at what he was facing, but in the midst of his unknown he ran to the One that was Known.
While alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, he proclaimed a fast for all Judah, the people came together to seek the Lord, and they confessed not only their inadequacy but also God’s ability.
They acknowledged that they, in their own strength did not know what to do, but they committed to keep their gaze set on the One who did. In this, Jehoshaphat presents me with three questions:
- What are you looking at?
- What is your position?
- What is coming out of your mouth?
Jehoshaphat chose to look at God when he did not know what to do about his situation. He acknowledged his inability but God’s overwhelming ability. His determination to make God his place of refuge produced a man that dropped on his face and bowed in the presence of God.
Jehoshaphat’s position was not one of pride or arrogance but one of humility. He knew the only way of rescue was through God’s power and not in the size of their army. He lowered himself to lift up the One who was worthy. As he did, a strategy was revealed to him about how to face his new reality. He was to go in the morning, not declaring the big enemy, but singing the praises of a God who has always been faithful. What came out of their mouths were not, the negative news of the day, but the truth about a God who still reigns. For them, it came out as a song and that song defeated their enemies because God created confusion in the camp of the enemy and brought a sweet victory to Judah that day.
When I pull this into my life and into our day, I am asking myself these three questions today. What am I looking at? What is my position? What is coming out of my mouth? Do not dismiss these questions because I believe they reveal a lot about us. The answers tell whether I am trusting God to be my rescue or trusting myself and the size of my army. The answers reveal whether I am allowing my heart to be filled with pride and arrogance in this hour or whether I still believe humility comes before honour. What is coming out of my mouth says a lot about me. It speaks to whether I am confident in a God who is working in my present or whether I have bought into the latest information and am running with it. Jehoshaphat did not gain victory by looking at himself, walking in pride, and speaking the “size of the dangerous army.” He won because he believed God. Period.
When we believe God….the first step revealing that we do will manifest as humility in our lives. From there we will declare who He is in all seasons, not just in the ones we feel good in or full of faith in. God did not change from the day He spoke a promise to Abraham, to the moment they were singing that his love endures forever as they stood and faced this enemy. His nature and character remained faithful and that was what they needed to know and speak in that season.
Maybe if we become a bit more intentional in setting our gaze, lowering ourselves, and guarding our “song” or speech, we just might be surprised at how much victory awaits us in every new challenge. Just maybe.
I want to get this. I want to make sure this life is looking at the only One who knows the real way through this. I want to make sure in a generation filled with lots of information that my heart is not becoming prideful and thinking that I know more than I really do. I want the steps of my heart to be led by humility. For me, my song or speech are my challenge, but I am asking the Father to enable me to lean on His nature and declare who He continues to be even when I hear the sound of the army coming. I need to know the One who has been faithful will continue to be just that in all seasons. Not because I say He is, but because He truly is!!!!
Look at Jesus
Position yourself in humility
Declare truth over what appears to be facts!