Pray Rather than Dismay

It's the best thing to do when you don't know what to do. "We do not know what to do, but we look to You." (2 Chronicles 2.20 Holman)

A vast and menacing army had surrounded the people of God. The situation seemed hopeless, and defeat seemed certain. Except that a godly king called the people to prayer and fasting. And God responded by speaking through a man in their midst: "Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's." (2 Chronicles 20.15)

Encouraged by this message, the king declared, "put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed." (2 Chronicles 20.20)

A band of worshippers went before the army and, "When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes" (2 Chronicles 20.22) Worship won the war.

The lessons and applications here are abundant. When you don't know what to do, intensely focus on the One who always knows what to do. Pray rather than dismay. Worship rather than war. It's His battle, not yours.

Sometimes it seems like a vast army is aligned against us. Problems and challenges seem monumental and insurmountable. Focus on your God. Humble yourself before Him. Listen for His word. Worship amidst it all. Wait for His deliverance, for it will surely come. Not according to your schedule, but His. And rejoice and remember when it comes.

When you don't know what to do, look to Him who always does.

©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission

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