Facing the Mountains in Front of Us
"…or we are powerless before this vast number that comes to fight against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to you." 2 Chronicles 20:12
There are always seasons in life where we have trials. There are seasons in front of us we cannot see beyond, and the outcome seems impossible. God is faithful, however, and He will never fail us. How do we handle seasons of trial and tribulation? A great example we can look to is Jehosephat in 2nd Chronicles 20.
Jehosephat became king when he was 35 years old and had a successful ruling. During this time, however, his nation was facing a near impossible military feat. What we see here is that Jehosophat didn’t just expect God to take care of them, which He very well would have, but he also put his faith prayerfully into action.
The first thing Jehosophat did was summon his people to fast. Sometimes our situations warrant actions such as fasting, so we may be focused on God and nothing else. He then acknowledges who God is. We see this in 20:6 when he says, "Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven, and do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in your hand, and no one can stand against you." Next, he remembers God’s faithfulness in the past, by using the words "are you not" in verse 7. Finally, he admits his humanity and the deity of God by concluding His prayer in verse 20.
When you are facing trials, do you seek God without distraction? When you pray, is it all about your problem, or do you acknowledge who God is and remember His past faithfulness? It is sometimes difficult to see beyond our situation, but God sees a much higher scope than we do. Be encouraged–when you have no idea how to deal with the mountain in front of you, God does.
Father, thank You for Your goodness which exceeds all things bad in this world. When I am facing difficult times, help me to reflect, remember, and acknowledge that You are God, and I am not. Thank You for Your Word and that I can always trust in You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Spend time in 2 Chronicles 20 this week. Read Jehosophat’s story. What do you learn about God in this story?
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.