We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. 2 Chronicles 20:12b
I’ve been reading Kings and Chronicles in both devotions and Sunday School. It’s been a pleasure to be able to reflect on these passages twice, and to hear my friends’ interpretations and lessons in these passages.
In a long list of kings (and many of their failures), it was refreshing to read of Jehoshaphat. Like his father, he set out to seek God. Like his father, he has failed when, in the midst of trials, he went to ally with other kings for help. Yet, unlike his father, when reprimanded, he took it to heart… This came after reproof from Jehu, at the next battle.
From Matthew Henry, what Jehoshaphat has learned:
“He professes his entire dependence upon God for deliverance. Though he had a great army on foot, and well disciplined; yet he said, “We have no might against this great company, none without thee, none that we can expect any thing from without thy special presence and blessing, none to boast of, none to trust to; but our eyes are upon thee. We rely upon thee, and from thee is all our expectation. The disease seems desperate: we know not what to do, are quite at a loss, in a great strait. But this is a sovereign remedy, our eyes are upon thee, an eye of acknowledgment and humble submission, an eye of faith and entire dependence, an eye of desire and hearty prayer, an eye of hope and patient expectation.”
It reminds me that I have a God who is in charge of past history and days of the future. And by His will, we are where we are. It is as though he is a great author, writing a wonderful novel. And I am a child learning to write and thinking that He is taking too long. And I can help Him finish writing this chapter. Anytime I try to do that, I feel like I took a marker and scribbled all over the pages. And He looks at me lovingly, kindly takes out the pages I’ve befouled, then replaces them with the pages He wrote – more beautiful than I could ever imagine. And I would think, Now why didn’t I just wait?
And boy, does the cycle repeat!
But I hope, by God’s grace, to one day repeat Jehosphat’s words,
“O God…We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
And then to “stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give.”