Saturday, April 22, 2017

Step 2 to Fearlessness

Continuing in our study in the Old Testament account of King Jehoshaphat and his nation facing a vast and unnumbered set of armies bent on their destruction (2 Chron. 2:20). We see a massive challenge - I can truly say I have not had to face such a challenge yet in my life. However, in preparation for any large challenges, I can learn from the 5 steps to fearlessness that this King took.

Yesterday, we studied the fact that the first step that Jehoshaphat took, was to take his problem to God. Today, we see that he turned to God for the answers to his problems. Listen to 2 Chron 20:12 (NLT) - "O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”

Jehoshaphat understood his (and his people's) limitations. They were incapable of facing this vast army and being successful. They held no false visions of grandeur. They honestly knew their limitations. I like the humble approach where he admits, "We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”

How often do we turn to God in humility and seek His plan and solution? Don't we have the tendency to come before Him and say "Here is what I am going to do, please bless it." If we truly want to develop a God-given fearlessness when facing the problems of life, we must humbly admit our lack and seek His plans and answers.

Prayer: God of all Creation, Designer of the Univers, the One Who know all things, sees all things, and has all power, I come to You today, not with my feeble plans and schemes, but with an open heart and mind to hear from You the solution to the issues I face. Amen.

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