If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had that feeling of being overwhelmed and stuck at some point in your life. Its the kind of feeling that makes your thoughts race through your mind faster than you can process them. The kind that makes you feel unsure of which direction to go in. Well, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately. Days like today leave me with important decisions to make. I know what my destination is, and I know where I am right now. It’s the in between that leaves me feeling confused. There are so many options of which way to go, but each one of those options has a variety of negatives and positives. Some of those negative and positives weigh heavier than others, and that’s what makes it so difficult. Today my daily devotion delivered a very timely message. It spoke about the uncertainties of life, and how we can best deal with them.
The devotion of the day was based on 2 Chronicles 20:1-13
In these verses, King Jehoshaphat was told that a large army was coming against him from the land of Edom. At this point, Jehoshaphat was pretty alarmed and scared. But you know what he did? He turned to God. He ordered a fast for everyone in Judah and together they seeked help from the Lord. Now, let me stop the story for a second. How many of us can honestly say that our first reaction to a scary/confusing time is to call on the Lord? I’ll be the first to admit that that is not my usual reaction. I usually let the fear expand first. I overreact and I complain about it to people that really can’t even do anything about it. Where does that get me, you ask? Absolutely no where. It just feeds the fear/uncertainty. Okay, back to the scripture. Jehoshaphat admitted to how he was feeling, and acknowledged God’s power in any situation, including his own. The king’s army began to sing of God’s love, rather than a war cry. Okay, pause the story again. In my mind, when I read that the army sang of God’s love instead of a typical war cry, I wondered what that would look like for me personally. I think it would mean worshipping God instead of complaining about the situation. That’s how I perceived it. (Play) In the end the Lord set the enemies against one another until they destroyed each other. The Kingdom of Jehoshaphat was eventually at peace because God gave them rest. There was one verse in particular that stood out to me:
2 Chronicles 20:12
12 We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.
This verse really implies the importance of relying solely on God in the overwhelming moments life can bring. When we are focused on God through it all, we leave the situation in His hand, which is the best possible place we can leave it.
The devotion ended with this prayer:
Lord, you are not the source of confusion or fear, but of strength and peace. We exchange our panicky plans for Your amazing answers. Encourage us as we wait for you.