Pastor's Note - January 5
A pastor alerted me to a great line from a biblical prayer. It comes from 2 Chronicles, in the context of an incoming attack on Judah from the Moabites and Ammonites. Facing a great, overwhelming threat, Jehoshaphat led the people in prayer. I would recommend reading the whole prayer in 2 Chronicles 20:6-12. But the last line of the prayer especially provoked me, which reads (NIV); “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” What a prayer! It’s a prayer of great faith and humility. A recognition that there are times and situations in life that are totally beyond our capability and comprehension. There are times when we may not know what to do, and we keenly feel our human limitations. But we have a comfort in God. Our eyes are on Him, the Sovereign and Creator. He is the Lord of hosts who stands above all. If our eyes are on Him, we will be well in the end. Many things tempt to drag our eyes away from Him. Our eyes may be on our struggles, our sorrow, our finances, our sickness, our family trials, our cancer, our relational battles, or whatever it is that may drive us to despair or worry. And these are not imaginary threats, just as the Ammonites and Moabites were very real threats to the existence of Judah. Here is Jehoshaphat’s leadership – he lifts his eyes in prayer to the Lord. We may not always know what to do. But we know the One who knows all things. May our eyes be on Him.