Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Three enemy armies were closing in on Judah, and King Jehoshaphat called the nation together at Jerusalem to formulate a war plan. He needed plans, a decisive declaration of action. Something had to be done immediately. Instead Jehoshaphat stood before his people and poured his heart out to God in confession.


“Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee” (2 Chronicles 20:11–12).


We are living in a time when everything is getting shaky and insecure—and almost everybody is hurting in one way or another.


Hardly anybody knows what to do anymore. Our leaders don’t have the foggiest idea of what is happening to this world—or to the economy.


The business world is even more confused—with economists arguing with each other about what is coming. Psychologists and psychiatrists are baffled by the changing forces affecting people today.


You don’t fold your hands—sitting around at ease—letting God do it all! That is not what it means to keep your eyes “fixed on the Lord.” We look to the Lord, not as people who know what to do, but as people who don’t know at all what they must do. But we do know that he is the King who sits on the flood. He is Lord of all, and we know that even if the world breaks in two—if it all falls apart—he is a rock of certainty. Our eyes are fixed on a risen Lord. If we do not know what to do, our faith assures us he knows what to do.