“…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 Chronicles 20:12, NIV
Life is full of challenges. Job security has become a thing of the past. Soaring costs in housing, health care and other basic needs have created an environment filled with opportunities for worry. Problems of every content:encoded confront us every day of our lives and generate enough pressure to stress out any normal person. What do you do with your worry? How do you handle your fears?
When Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, the vast armies of the Moabites and their allies marched toward Jerusalem threatening to destroy his people. 2 Chronicles 20:3 says, “Jehoshaphat was afraid,” but instead of being paralyzed by fear, he “…turned his attention to seek the Lord….” His situation scared him, but instead of worrying, he was determined to seek the Lord. Fear served as a call to worship for Jehoshaphat.
Through an amazing sequence of events, the impending disaster became a glorious moment of triumphant learning in the life of Judah. Instead of allowing fear to control their actions, Jehoshaphat took the lead and called the people to prayer and worship. For a godly man, what could make more sense? Worship should precede everything else. In worship, he and his fellow citizens could see their plight from God’s perspective and then face their dilemma from the vantage point of God’s sovereign power. Fear became faith when worry became worship!
They prayed, God answered and their victory was promised. Not all problems resolve themselves so quickly and cleanly, but the approach to all that life throws our way should be the same. Begin with worship and you will always conclude with joy. Let your fear become your call to worship and see what God can do.
QUESTION: What do you fear most right now? How would your perspective be impacted if you chose to worship and seek the Lord before doing anything else?