“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
On the day he heard the alarming news that a great multitude was coming up against him from Edom, King Jehoshaphat stood in the house of the Lord. With the people of Judah and Jerusalem together and fasting with him, he prayed, “…we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
Jehoshaphat encouraged the people: “Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be established…” They worshipped the Lord, and then went out to the wilderness of Tekoa and watched to see the salvation of the Lord on their behalf. As Jehoshaphat and the people approached the battlefield, they sang “Give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures forever,” and they came upon an utterly shocking scene: their enemies were already defeated. Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir had risen up to fight Jehoshaphat and the Lord set an ambush, so they destroyed one another instead.
Recently I read Eric Metaxas’ biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I read the words “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You,” and picture Dietrich, making all kinds of decisions about opposing the Nazis, plotting an attempt to assassinate Hitler, praying about whether to marry his fiancée or wait. Bonhoeffer was imprisoned and later killed for his opposition to Hitler, which was rooted in His Christian faith and stand for truth. His example of entrusting himself to God, of looking to Him is truly inspiring. He feared how he might respond when the test came – would he stand for truth, or become a coward? Yet his eyes were fixed on God and he finished his course bravely. Today he is one of the great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12).
What “great horde” or “great multitude” is coming up against you? Do you feel powerless or completely at a loss about how to handle a situation? Perhaps you are facing unemployment, an upcoming move, or a seemingly insurmountable debt load. Maybe your children are going through something very painful, and while your heart breaks for them, you are unsure how to help. Or maybe it’s more personal than that – maybe the “great horde” that stands ready to overtake you is a wave of deep-seeded guilt, shame, worry, fear, bitterness, etc.
Let us entrust ourselves into the hands of our merciful, Sovereign God. Fix your eyes on him, for “Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8) Go out singing, “Give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures forever,” stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf.