2 Chronicles 20:12
“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
I have often found myself in circumstances similar to that of Jehoshaphat. I am not saying the Moabites have ever tried to attack my house, but I often feel as though I do not know what to do, and my only recourse is to keep my eyes on the Lord. While it is obvious Jehoshaphat did not know how to defeat the swelling armies of his enemies, he was not without direction while he awaited the Lord’s instruction. We see three key ingredients that should be part of our lives when we do not know what to do.
First, we read, that while confused, Jehoshaphat gathered the congregation of Judah, and they began to worship. Instead of scheming how they might change their circumstances, they got their eyes on the Lord. Seeing life in the light of who God is, will always bring clarity to an otherwise cloudy situation. Worship was so important, they used it to lead the armies.
Second, we read, “Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel.” It is clear, when confused, Jehoshaphat knew enough to allow himself to be led by the Spirit. Paul contrasted walking after the flesh with walking after the Spirit (Romans 8:1-14). Simply put, to walk after the flesh is to let our emotions and circumstances guide us along the way, while walking after the Spirit, is to allow the Spirit to use the Word of God to light a path for our feet. The first step to walking when we don’t know what to do, is to let the Sprit direct us through the Word.
Finally, we read, Jehoshaphat bowed before the Lord. He was willing to admit, not only did he not know what to do, but God’s ways were better than his. Too often, the real issue behind our confusion is we are not willing to do what God wants. We are in a state of confusion because we are wrestling against God. The key to knowing the will of God, is being willing to do what God wants.
At the end of the day, after trusting in the ways of God, Jehoshaphat and all Judah were delivered from the threat of the Moabites. We will find, when we trust in the ways of God, He will lead us out of traged, and into triumph.