This post has been weighing on my mind lately. I have finally decided to breathe it to this blog. I think what happened yesterday in Virginia is a wake up call. When something like that happens, and it seems too prevalent for me, it makes us scared, angry, sad, and overwhelmed with fear. It brings to light that we are in a spiritual war, but it’s not one for us to fight alone. God has a plan for all things, so the battle belongs to Him. With Him, we will be victorious.
I struggle with control. I like to have it! I say I struggle because I know in my heart that I have none, and don’t really want the massive responsibility of it, but I feel like I need it. Even though I believe in Gods plan, and want to follow it, I will catch myself trying to solve a problem on my own. Good example– Last July 4th, my then 2 year old wandered off in a crowd of people. It was extremely frightening, and I immediately went into a panic trying to find him. I didn’t take it to the Lord first. I didn’t ask Him for help. I say this to you because it still bothers me that I tried to do it by myself. Jesus was with us, and He was protecting my son, but I didn’t bring Him in for help. I thought I could do it alone. BUT I CAN’T! Nor do I want to. So all of that to tell you we must first seek the Lord. Trust Him.
2 Chronicles 20 tells us about King Jehoshaphat, and how he put his fear aside to seek God and trust in His word. Jehoshaphat has learned that an army of Moabites and Ammonites are coming to wage war on him. Verse 3 tells us what Jehoshaphat does first. 20:3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resloved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. They stopped everything, fasted, and sought the advice of the Lord! Verse 6 is the prayer Jehoshaphat stood up and prayed. 20:6 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. 7 O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Isreal and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 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 our distress, and you will hear us and save us. 10 But now here are men from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 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. Wow, our eyes are upon you. He laid it all out. He was facing the biggest war of his life, and in it he shows us how to handle adversity. Jehoshaphat sought the Lord by fasting, and he gathered others together to fast and pray, confessed his helplessness, obeyed the Holy Spirit, put his trust in the Lord and His word, and he gave Him thanks and the honor that He deserves. I need this, and plan to continue this message in a later post. It is guidance for victory.