What To Do When You Don’t Know What to Do (July 27)

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From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

July 27

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Today’s Scripture Readings:  Psalm 78:65-72 | 2 Chronicles 19:1 – 20:37 | Romans 10:14 – 11:12 | Proverbs 20:4-6

Today’s Scripture Focus: 2 Chronicles 19:1 – 20:37

“O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2 Corinthians 20:12 NIV).

Jehoshaphat’s words could often be our own: “We don’t know what to do, we’re looking to you” (The Message, 20:12). Facing a battle that seemed too big to overcome, he was tempted to discouragement and fear. Instead he admitted his confusion—his weakness—and looked to the Lord for help.

So, what should we do, when we don’t know what to do?  Jehoshaphat’s example is a good one to follow.

They prayed. “O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (20:12). He looked to the Lord, along with all the men of Judah and their families. They stood and waited. They listened. They prayed.

They stood firm in faith. “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you” (17). As they set out for this unusual battle, Jehoshaphat reminded them to put on their armor—their faith: “Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld, have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” Imagine the test of faith involved in this unusual battle strategy.  Imagine being a singer on the front lines of the battle armed with only a song to fight the mighty army. When you don’t know what to do, stand firm in your faith. 

They praised. The heart of the unusual battle strategy was to sing “at the top of their lungs” (Message, vs. 19). Jehoshaphat ordered the singers to the front lines of the battle. They led the people to sing and praise the splendor of God’s holiness: “Give thanks to the Lord for his love endures forever.” The Lord took care of the rest.  The enemy fell into confusion and began to fight among themselves. Victory was won through praise. Praise is a powerful weapon when we are up against a battle we think is too big for us.  When you don’t know what to do, sing! Sing loud and see the deliverance God brings!

Lord, we don’t know what to do, but we’re looking to you. We’re looking with expectation as we pray, and standing firm in our faith, and praising you at the top of our lungs! We look now for the victory. In Jesus name. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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