“Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance.” (2 Chronicles 20:3, NLT)


King Jehoshaphat found himself face-to-face with trouble. A huge army marched toward Jerusalem, and the scouting reports didn’t bring him much hope. The problem on the horizon promised to be enormous by the time it reached the king. “Alarmed,” we read, “Jehoshaphat asked for the Lord’s guidance.”  He looked past the trouble. Faced with an overwhelming situation, the king immediately turned to the One who is never overwhelmed.

Trouble comes in threes, they say. But who’s counting?

You’ve probably noticed that acknowledging and investigating troubles seem to make them multiply. Consider your house, for example. The roof starts leaking. So you climb into the attic to check it out and discover several bad spots, a rotten rafter, mold, mildew – and often the repair bills mount from there.

Obviously, ignoring problems also makes them multiply. Ignoring the leak today leads to the living room ceiling sitting in your lap tomorrow. So you face a dilemma: If your troubles multiply whether you examine or ignore them, what should you do?

As we face trouble in our own lives, our prayer can be like Jehoshaphat’s: “Lord, I know you’re in charge. So I choose to recognize this trouble as your problem, not just mine. I admit that I can’t handle this situation, yet it needs to be resolved. Please help me!”

When you read a little further in 2 Chronicles 20, you will notice how God responded to Jehoshaphat’s prayer of faith. He answered, but he didn’t promise to help Judah win the battle. Instead, He said he’d fight for His people. Could the king have anticipated this answer? There are times in our lives as well when God’s answers surprise us. But notice also that the king still had his marching orders: God told him not to be afraid (twice), not to be discouraged (twice), to march out, to take positions and to go out and face the enemy. By the time the people had completed God’s instructions, the battle was over.

Again we face a dilemma. We often find ourselves a little too close to our troubles – so close that we end up wallowing in them. Or we find ourselves trying to avoid troubles – giving them the opportunity to pull a surprise attack. But God calls us to trust Him, to look through our troubles and toward Him.

When troubles arise, bow down and turn your focus to the Lord! There is no problem too big that He can’t handle.

Big God

Have a blessed day, “Working for Christ!”

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  1. mdetweiler Says:

    AMEN and AMEN!!!!


  2. sterlingsop Says:

    Our God is an awesome God 🙂


  3. NotDownOrOut Says:

    Thanks, I needed that!


  4. sonworshiper Says:

    Great reminder. All too often, I have that experience of examining one problem and finding five more. And also too often, I try to ignore the problems, probably because I have no idea how to fix them. So I can relate to this.


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