16 Oct Pastor’s Paragraph for October 18, 2020
Pastor's Paragraph for October 18, 2020
OCTOBER 18, 2020
I believe it would be safe to suggest we have all experienced seasons of “not knowing what to do.” As soon as our pastors announced the recent series of messages on this topic, I thought immediately of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.
Completely blind-sided, Jehoshaphat was informed of pending doom as three formidable enemies had combined forces and were marching toward Jerusalem. According to scripture, Jehoshaphat was alarmed. Instead of cowering in fear or running to hide, Jehoshaphat assembled the people for prayer and fasting. I love the fact that calling out to the Lord was not Jehoshaphat’s last resort, but rather, his first response.
We are afforded a look at his prayer in II Chronicles 20:1-12, wherein he acknowledged God’s sovereignty and power. As he shares his prayer, it is his three statements at the end that grab my attention, for it speaks into our life experience. He prays, “We have no power to face this vast enemy that is attacking us.” I think we have all experienced overwhelming realities that cause us to realize, as Jehoshaphat continues, “we do not know what to do.” If this were the end of his prayer, we would probably nod and say, “I get it. I’ve been there.” Yet, this was not his final word as he concludes with, “but our eyes are upon you.”
He looks to the Lord to find courage, strength, and guidance. For Jehoshaphat, it was eyes on the Lord. As we experience overwhelming situations and are at a loss knowing how to respond, may our eyes be set upon Lord Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith, Hebrews 12:1-3. I want my first response to fear, crisis, or loss to be one of prayer with eyes on Christ. Please read the rest of the story in II Chronicles 20: 13-30; it is truly amazing!
Rev. Dr. Stephen Gallaher
Associate Teaching Minister