I don’t know about you, but there’s a lot of problems going on around me and with me. Today I truly needed to hear the podcast on my way to work this morning entitled A Crisis That Cries For Revival.
The story unfolds in 2 Chronicles 20. King Jehoshaphat is afraid because a great multitude of armies is coming against Judah. Instead of wringing his hands or coming up with his own schemes, he “turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (v 3). He prayed reminding the Lord who He is, what He has done and what He has said He will do (2 Chron 20:5-9). Then he makes his request, ending with him humbling himself before the Almighty, “O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” (v 13) King Jehoshaphat was crying out for revival.
“Revival is when the reality of God becomes real to the experience of His people. [It’s when] God re-enters into your situation in life.” — Tony Evans
The Lord spoke directly to the people through His prophet Jahaziel: “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.'” (v 15) God said He would take care of this problem, and He did (vv 20-25).
The enemy wants us to focus our attention on our problems so that we feel helpless, and we give into our emotions as “fact”. But the truth is that power and might are in God’s hand so that no one can stand against Him. Whatever we face is not bigger than God! Today I was reminded that when I humble myself before the Lord, admit I don’t know what to do, but keep my eyes on Him and not the problem, He will come through by His power and for His glory.
Lord, Elohei Chasdi, you are my stronghold and the God who shows me lovingkindness. I confess that I do not always look to you as my stronghold but rather attempt to solve my problems on my own. Forgive me for neglecting to make you the focal point when I am facing various trials or heartache. Forgive me for when I have turned to other means to try and find comfort instead of turning to your faithful kindness and goodness. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.