November 4- Plead Your Case

2 Chronicles 20:12 The Message Bible: We’re helpless before this vandal horde ready to attack us. We don’t know what to do; we’re looking to you.

King Jehoshaphat had a crisis. Three kingdoms had joined forces in order to take him out. But Jehoshaphat also had a case. Back when his people, Israel, made their march from Egypt to the land God promised them, God wouldn’t let them touch these enemies. The book of Joshua (Old Testament) is all about Israel miraculously conquering all types of kings and kingdoms in order to settle in the land God had promised their forefather, Abraham. And instead of trusting in his own abilities as king, Jehoshaphat threw pride to the wind and appealed to the One who was ultimately responsible for Israel being on the land in the first place.

Take a moment and read verses 5-12 of 2 Chronicles 20 and listen to this desperate, humble and broken man plead his case to God. What I love the most is how he concludes his case with, “We don’t know what to do; we’re looking to you.” That’s powerful!

What would happen if you and I got up every morning and before we washed our face, brushed our teeth or even got that first cup of coffee, looked toward heaven with this confession? “Lord, I don’t know what to do today, so I am looking to you.” I fully believe those words would start the ball rolling. Our eyes will be off of our ability and on God’s availability to guide us every step of the way. Follow Jehoshaphat’s lead and lay your case and crisis before the Lord. Big or small, it’s all the same to Him. I can promise you, His way of handling the matters of life are quite a bit different than ours. But in the end, you will feel closer to Him because you know it was Him that brought you through.

Lorenzo Biblical Meditation: 2 Chronicles 20:5-12

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