I was reading with my kids tonight from 2 Chronicles (yep, 2 Chronicles) and it reminded me of a prayer I had with the Lord this afternoon. The story is about King Jehoshaphat when he was being confronted by a vast army from some of the surrounding countries. The story is in 2 Chronicles 20.
When faced with a vastly superior army, the first thing the king did was to “inquire of the Lord” (vs. 3). I think it’s neat that the king didn’t first go to his generals, or other leaders, make plans the best he could, maybe ask God to bless his plans and then go out to do his best. Instead he went to God with his problem to ask him what he should do…first.
Jehoshaphat then assembled his people and made this incredible prayer in vs 5-12 that ends with this incredible statement: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you”. How many times have I felt like the king and didn’t know what to do. But were my eyes on the Lord, or my problem?
That’s where I was at this afternoon. I run two companies and sometimes the pressures get pretty intense as I seek to make decisions that will prosper the company and advance God’s agenda through my companies. Today as I faced a frustrating decision, I found myself crying out to God with almost the identical words spoken by Jehoshaphat. I went to inquire of the Lord. I didn’t know what I should do, but I was at least smart enough to know that my eyes should be on the Lord.
The story in 2 Chronicles 20 ends in an amazing way. God in fact comes to the rescue of the king and Judah and routs the enemy. King Jehoshaphat didn’t have to raise a single sword. The battle was completely won by God in a God-sized way. Amazing. As I read this, I was struck with the desire that God would do that same thing for me. I need to see God do a God-sized thing in my life.
Well, I don’t know how my situation will end, but I have left it in His hands. As this guy named Jahaziel told the king right after his prayer, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (vs 15). The battle is indeed the Lord’s. I’ll let you know how it comes out.