“Our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this vast number that comes to fight against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to You”
2 Chronicles 20:12
Looking to God
I do not know about you, but I have often found myself in a similar position - not necessarily being faced with a vast army of soldiers ready to kill me, but rather a situation that appears so overwhelming that I do not know what to do and can not see any way out of it.
Perhaps it has been in a time of needing financial breakthrough. Or perhaps it is a situation at work, a breakdown in a relationship, a battle with habitual sin or addictions, or even a mental health struggle that overshadows every waking moment. Whatever the situation, Jehoshaphat provides a stellar example of how we can respond.
If you are facing an overwhelming situation in your life, take a moment to pray this prayer:
“Lord, I am powerless before this seemingly overwhelming situation. I do not know what to do, but I look to You.”
Now, take some time and wait on the Lord. Consider fasting and seeking the Lord. Wait for His reply.
Do not be afraid
In the midst of this massive gathering of people fasting and seeking the Lord, the Lord replied to the nation of Judah. He said, “Do not be afraid or discouraged by this vast number, for the battle is not yours, but God’s… You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. He is with you. Do not be afraid or discouraged,” (2 Chronicles 20:15,17).
The Lord spoke hope to them by reminding them that the battle was not theirs, but His. He then went on to give them a specific strategy of how He was going to deliver them from this throughly overwhelming situation.
Whatever the situation is that you are facing, God is with you. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the battle is not yours, but His. Spend some time waiting on the Lord, listening for His direction, and let Him give you the strategy for victory.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, invite others that you can trust into the process of seeking the Lord with you.
Respond in obedience
As you wait for the Lord to respond, make some notes of what you believe He is revealing to you. Perhaps there will be some very practical steps that the Lord will direct you in, like attending a money management course to help you get on top of your finances, giving generously as a step of faith for His provision, or visiting your GP to discuss options to help with mental health battles you may be experiencing. However, it is also very much possible that God may want to display His glory by bringing a miraculous breakthrough and personal intervention into your situation.
The main thing here is to respond in obedience to God’s leading. Keep your eyes on Jesus, take courage and see the salvation of the Lord.
If you feel like you are not personally experiencing an overwhelming situation, be prayerful about others around you who are experiencing this and find out how you can best partner with them. Perhaps this is an opportunity to join them in prayer and fasting to receive God’s breakthrough, rescuing strategy in this season.