from Lynda Lindsey
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.
II Chronicles 20:12
Jahaziel speaks God’s words to King Jehoshaphat: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. ...You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you... Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. II Chronicles 20:15(a)-17
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7
Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, calls for his nation to fast, pray, and seek the Lord’s direction in the face of imminent attack from a huge approaching army. Jehoshaphat, ascribing power and majesty to God, recounts God’s past victories. He and his people stand in God’s presence in the Temple. In distress, they cry out asking merciful God to hear and to save the nation. Declaring his powerlessness, Jehoshaphat says, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
In that moment of total and utter dependence on God, the answer came. Don’t fear. Don’t be discouraged. The battle isn’t yours, but God’s. God didn’t magically remove the battle. They still faced a formidable army. But they faced the enemy with faith, not in themselves, but faith in the Lord God Almighty. So great was their trust that they set out for battle singing and praising God! God provided a mighty victory, and the king and his people ended as they began, in the Temple praying, praising and thanking God.
Spotting, a technique used by dancers, provides a fixed focal point for the eyes, controls the direction of travel, as well as the dancer’s balance, and prevents dizziness. As the dancer’s head and body pivot, the gaze returns to a fixed location, the spotting point or focal point. The Lord God is our focal point. He is eternal. Fixed. Constant. The battle may rage around us, but with our eyes fixed upon the Lord, with Him controlling our direction, we won’t loose our balance. Don’t know what to do? Have courage. Say with Jehoshaphat, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”