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Devotional - week of July 31, 2005


HELPLESS BUT HOPEFUL

“… we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”  2 Chronicles 20:12

The Moabites, Ammonites, and Edomites threatened to bring destruction on Judah with their vast military power.

Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, “… set himself to seek the Lord.” In prayer he reminded the Lord of His greatness, how He has blessed Israel, how Israel had expressed faith in Him years before, and how, under the His directions, Judah had spared these attacking nations.

Then Jehoshaphat asked God to judge these enemies because Judah would not be able to defeat them. He closed his prayer by telling the Lord that Judah was helpless but hopeful. He said:

“… nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”  2 Chronicles 20:12

Following the prayer, the people stood before the Lord waiting for Him to tell them what to do. God did not disappoint them!

The Spirit of the Lord came upon a Levite named Jahaziel. He said, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's.” Then he told them that on the next day they were to go to a certain place, stand there, and see the salvation of the Lord who was with them.

Under the leadership of Jehoshaphat the people responded by worshipping and praising the Lord.

The next day while Judah was standing at the designated place, the Lord turned the Ammonites and Moabites against the Edomites. When the Edomite army was dead, the Lord turned the Moabites and Ammonites against each other until they were all dead.

When we live out our union with Christ, we are aware of our continual need to trust the Lord and one of our prayers will be:

“… nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."  2 Chronicles 20:12

In doing so, we continue to live in the world of the miraculous.