A Bad Dream

The dream felt like it lasted all night. I was running, hiding, jumping up and hiding again. I was locked in a house with others. We were all hiding. We saw the evil person coming. We had no power against her. I shook with fear frantically looking for some place to hide.

And the alarm clock goes off.

I rarely remember dreams, but this one left me shaking and exhausted.

I got up, and as I always do, I flipped my Scripture calendar over as I waited on the coffee to make.

“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 on You.” (2 Chron 20:12)

My dream certainly made that verse come alive to me this morning.

I sat down with my Bible to read this verse in context.

A great multitude was coming against the people of Judah who were led by King Jehoshaphat.

“Jehoshaphat feared, and set Himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” (2 Chron 20:3)

Jehoshaphat feared.

He didn’t deny the problem or that the odds seemed stacked against him.

But he didn’t frantically run looking for a place to hide or call in his generals and devise battle plans. Nor did he wring his hands and fall apart.

He ACTIVELY set himself to seek the Lord.

By FIRST seeking the Lord and proclaiming a fast, he acknowledged dependence on the Lord.

Then Jehoshaphat prayed.

He stated what he knew to be true about God—that He ruled over all the Kingdoms of the earth and no one is able to withstand Him (2 Chron 20:6)

In his prayer, he recalled God’s faithfulness in the past and stated the problem at hand. (2 Chron 20:7-11)

Then he utters the tender, true, wise plea: “0 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.” (2 Chron 20:12)

I love those words.

I have found myself feeling fearful and not knowing what to do —and not just in dreams.

I find comfort in praying, “God, I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on You.”

I also find comfort as I read what happened.

After Jehoshaphat’s prayer, the people worshipped the Lord.

Through His prophet Jahaziel, God tells the people, “Do not be dismayed or discouraged because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but the Lords” (2 Chron 20:15)

Jehoshaphat told the people to believe God and his prophets (v 20) and he appointed worshippers to go before his army singing, “Praise the Lord. For His mercy endures forever”. (2 Chron 20:21)

And WHEN they began to sing and praise, the Bible tells us the Lord set ambushes against the enemy and they were defeated! (2 Chron 20:22).

One verse.
Read in context.
And a comforting lesson for our souls.

When the battle seems overwhelming:

  1. Set yourself to seek the Lord.
  2. Pray and even fast to acknowledge your dependence on the Lord.
  3. Deliberately remember God’s faithfulness in the past and keep your eyes on Him.
  4. Remember, for Gods children, the battle belongs to the Lord. (whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye – Zech 2:8)
  5. Praise God in the midst of the battle.
  6. Watch Him fight for you as you keep following Him.

What a Savior!
When we are afraid.
When we don’t know what to do.
All the time!
He is our help and hope!
Let’s help each other keep our eyes on Him!
I’m so thankful for His Word!

Originally posted 2019 but felt so relevant today.

Kimjaggers.com

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