“I don’t know what to do!” Have you ever said it? You’re at the end of your rope and resources. You’ve exhausted everything and still feel overwhelmed and afraid. I’m finding that in a world that changes from moment to moment (or should I say, from news cycle to news cycle) I’m saying it all the time. In fact I’ve found that the longer you live, the easier it is to find yourself confused and your life direction obscured.
What we do during those times is critical. Run and hide is one strategy…not a good one. Let fear paralyze you and do nothing…another poor option. Or you could take a cue from an Old Testament dude named Jehoshaphat, king of Israel.
Here’s what happened in 2 Chronicles 20. The combined Arab armies of Moab and Amman‑‑modern Jordan today‑‑came against Israel in battle. Jehoshaphat, was first afraid‑‑not an strange reaction at all when difficulty or danger is present‑‑but then he did something that is often foreign to us today. He began to earnestly seek the God and proclaimed a fast throughout all the land. He reminded God of some promises that had first been made to his forefathers, and then cried out to God, “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.”. Too often we pray to God and then look to someone else for the answer. The record of Scripture, like the problems of history, is that God will meet you in the hour of crisis if you will turn to Him with all your heart.
I believe that God desires to speak to you in your time of crisis and His message is the same today as it was then. I don’t know what to do just might not be such a bad statement after all. Just saying.