“I don’t know what to do…”

“We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12b)

I’ll start by saying that my Old Testament knowledge is pitiful, but here’s what I understand from the passage. Judah are at war and they’ve just lost a battle and have come together to try and work out what the next step is. They’re smart, so they decide to pray. Part of their prayer is verse 20. They start to praise God and as they sing Forever (or, rather, the Psalm that its based on) God sends ambushes and the men of Ammon and Moab get their butts kicked.

The account ends with this: “And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for God had given him rest on every side.” (v.30)

I love it. Not because it had the OT equivalent of a Disney ending (for now), but because they admitted to God that they had no idea what to do next and weren’t being fancy in their prayers. It was a prayer of desperation, a call for help, and admitting that they can’t do it on their own.

When was the last time you said to God, “I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on you?”

Maybe, we should admit it more often.


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