A giant sea of people stands in front of you awaiting your next words. You’ve just found out that you’re all about to die, unless you can think of some way to escape a massive army of multiple nations coming against you. No pressure.
This is what King Jehoshaphat faced when a multi-nation army was on its way to Judah. All of the people now gathered together for encouragement and guidance from their king. What would he do? What would he say?
He started to pray (2 Chronicles 20:6-12):
6 “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?…
12 …For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
A little while ago I took part in an exercise with some other songwriters. We were challenged to write a song about this image. I had never seen so many train tracks in one place. How does someone begin to navigate them? On a more abstract level, how does someone begin to navigate the different paths in life? How do you choose? Or worse – what if you have no choices at all? The phrase “We don’t know, Lord, what to do, but our eyes are on you,” came to me, because it only made sense in that place to pray those words.
The song has really meant something to me recently, as I have been faced with some tough decisions. I’ve dealt with emotions ranging from fear to downright hopelessness. I finally came to a point one day when I had to say to God, “I can’t do this. I’m completely incapable of making these decisions. You’re going to have to help me.”
How freeing it was to say those words. It can be so easy to focus on what you’re facing, and completely forget that you’re not facing it alone. That simple shift in focus can calm fears and bring light into the dark of hopelessness.
Copyright: College Park Church, 2014