A young mom was up most of the night with her sick daughter. The next morning, she had multiple piles of laundry to wash, a dentist appointment for her other daughter, groceries to pick up, and the furnace repairman was coming between 1:00-5:00 pm. She felt overwhelmed, overworked, and overloaded. And she didn’t know what to do.
Ever been there, done that? Have you ever had an insurmountable obstacle to tackle, battle to fight, or struggle to overcome? I’m sure you have. We all have. Sometimes it feels like we have an army marching toward us, and we’re too afraid to move forward, but the road behind us has been cut off. We’re stuck.
In 2 Chronicles 20, we read the story about a massive army that was coming against Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. Jehoshaphat was afraid “and set his face to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (verse 3). People from every city of Judah gathered together to seek the Lord and cry out for deliverance.
Then Jehoshaphat prayed, “For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (verse 12).
In many of the battles I’ve faced over the years, for some reason I’ve felt that I always had to know what to do. I needed to be “the answer man,” upon whom others could rely. For far too long I’ve felt the pressure—mainly self-imposed—that I’ve got to figure things out, chart a new course, and deliver myself and those around me from impending doom.
And I had it backward all along.
I’m not at the center of this battle. I’m not the primary target. The enemy only wants to tear me down in order to discredit and dishonor the God whom I serve. He wants to destroy me to bring about destruction and chaos in the kingdom of God.
This is why the Lord wants us to seek Him first—His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33). He wants us to trust in Him and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). Even in the face of overwhelming odds stacked against King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah, God said, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15, ESV).
The Apostle Paul made it abundantly clear that when we acknowledge our weakness, we will then be in position to receive God’s strength. “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10, ESV).
When you feel overwhelmed, simply acknowledge that you have no power to face that vast army before you. You may not know what to do, but the one thing you can do is keep your eyes on the One who does know what to do. “Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf” (2 Chronicles 20:17, ESV).