YAHSHUA said, Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. And Peter echoed Psalm 55:22 by saying, Cast your cares on the Lord, for He cares for you. God’s care for us has never diminished with the size of our problems. O taste and see that the Lord God is good; blessed is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him (Ps. 34:8). Once we taste the goodness of our Lord, our faith will be stronger to face whatever comes our way. It is a challenge the psalmist encourages us to embrace. In II Chronicles chapter 20, we read the story about king Jehoshaphat from Judah. He was facing a very serious problem coming from Edom. A great multitude had come to battle against him. Edomites are descendants from Esau, Jacob’s brother, therefore these people were Israel’s relatives, not too distant relatives, still carrying in themselves bitterness against Jacob for having stolen his rightful birth right.
King Jehoshaphat prayed and commanded a fast all over Judah. Their hearts were soft and ready to seek God’s answer to their big problem, for they did not know what to do. God’s answer was, You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [who is] with you, O Judah and Jerusalem, Fear not nor be dismayed (II Chron. 20:17a) Sing, sing, sing! Your weapon to disperse the enemies from all sides. And as they begin to sing, an amazing thing happen: The Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir and they were slaughtered (vs.22b). Letting the Lord fight our battles, the results will amaze us. When I am weak, Paul says, God is strong in me. What to do when you don’t know what to do, let’s turn our eyes upon YAHSHUA, where our help will come from. The psalmist declared in psalm 121 his faith by saying, I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth…He Who keeps you will not slumber… the Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade in your right hand; the sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night; the Lord will keep you from all evil. He will keep your life (Ps. 121).
Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping Him… He positioned the singers before the army and they sang, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever (II Chron. 20: 21). The singers initiated their defense with song that decreed the goodness of God. He accepted their worship and acted on their behalf. What to do when we do not know what to do in our trials? Worship the Lord. Proclaim His goodness and loving-kindness, for He inhabits the praises of His saints. Praise, the weapon that moves mountains, is our victory weapon. Let’s take our position, let’s stand firm and let’s start to sing.
When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked at the multitude and behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none had escaped! (Vs.24). This experience resulted in the fear of the Lord upon all kingdoms of those countries (vs. 29). The Lord delivers victories in a mighty way to those who are waiting for Him to act. When Elisha’s servant saw the Syrian army with horses and chariots around the city, he said, Alas, my master! What shall we do? Elisha answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha (II Kings 6:15-17).
We are never alone in our trials and tribulation. Our spiritual eyes need to be opened to see the heavenly army fighting for us. When we enter the battle field with a contrite heart, God will meet us with His strength to help us overcome the enemy. Confidence not in the flesh, but in the strength of the Lord, will open heaven to bless those who made a decision to trust in the Lord. We are at the crossroads of life. Choose to follow the direction that will take you to understanding and spiritual discernment to face the evil days that are before you and me. A new horizon rises bringing uncertainties for the future of those who have not yet trusted in the sovereignty of the Lord; but for those who have knowledge, and understanding of His heart’s purpose, this is a new horizon that will lead us to the fulfillment of our God’s promises; to the completion of His salvation, being established through the death on the cross of His Son, YAHSHUA.
For God’s children, no earthly problem should be treated as a defeat to our faith. “We do not know what to do” should not be in our minds to decree hopelessness, when we have YAHSHUA as our High priest interceding for us. Even when we do not know what to do, that is never a problem for Him. Therefore, we will keep calm and declare His faithfulness in every circumstance we face. Nothing surprises Him. Our all-knowing God knows our limitations, and weaknesses; He will never leave us orphans with our heavy burden to bear. The Prophet Isaiah said, In all their affliction, He (God) was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old (Isaiah 63:9). God’s love for His people Israel, is the same for His church- the bride of YAHSHUA, His Son. Our God is consistently righteous and loving toward His people of old and today’s.
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