Seeking the Lord

2 Chronicles 20:3-4
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

Jehoshaphat had just received word that a massive army was closing in.  His enemies were gathering against him.  And he knew that this was much more than he could handle.  So what does he do?  Run away?  Devise a battle plan?  No, in this fearful and overwhelming situation, he goes first to God.  He seeks God himself and gets other people to seek Him, too.  He proclaims a fast, and all the people join together seeking God to intervene in this situation they really didn’t know how to handle.

What if this truly was our response in trouble?  What if, when those situations came, we dropped everything else and turned from everyone else to wholeheartedly seek the Lord?  What if we all came together humbly seeking Him for help in those overwhelming and difficult situations that arise?  Our help comes from the Lord.  He has promised to be there when we call upon Him.  He listens to our cries and has the power to intervene in whatever circumstance we face.  He can be trusted, and we can know that when we seek Him, He can be found.

Next time we are fearful, next time the enemy comes up against us, next time we just don’t know what to do, may we seek the Lord.  May we go before Him empty and with expectation.  May we fast before Him, cry out to Him, and trust Him to be our help.  We don’t really face the kinds of battles that a king faced back in the days of Jehoshaphat, but we do live in enemy territory.  We are hunted by a relentless enemy.  We do face challenges and struggles from life in a sinful world.  And we’re not going to have all the answers.  We’re not going to be able to face everything that comes on our own.

What happens when we seek the Lord with all of our hearts?  What happens when nothing can get in the way and we set everything else aside and just look for our answer, our comfort, our peace in Him?  When we humble ourselves before the Lord, He meets us there in our place of need.  He gives us wisdom for the next step.  Sometimes He takes care of the problem.  Sometimes He strengthens us and shields us as we bear up under something.  But He is always there with us in whatever we face when we seek Him and invite Him into it with us.

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