Like me, you’ve probably experienced times when you haven’t known what to do. Sometimes it’s a tough decision; sometimes it’s a fork in the road with no indication of which way to take. A long time ago, during one of those times when I was frustrated, feeling a little hopeless and had no idea which way to go, I found a verse in a book I rarely read, that provided not the solution, but words of great encouragement to my soul. I don’t know why I turned to 2 Chronicles that day – maybe it wasn’t an accident – but that’s where I found a guiding principle for the rest of my life.
Chapter 20 tells the story of when Jehoshaphat faced a huge army and was understandably alarmed (NIV). Other translations say he was afraid. He admitted he didn’t know what to do, but he did know who to turn to. In his prayer in verse 12, he said, “…we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” Then God spoke through Jahaziel, telling them the battle was God’s, not theirs. Their response was to worship God, who gave them victory over their enemies.
Perhaps admitting we don’t know what to do is a good first step, as the admission causes us to stop relying on our own power, turn our eyes to Jesus and lean on him. Following the advice of the psalmist in 46:10, we can be still, know he’s God, praise him and let him win the battle for us.