Today's devotion from 2 Chronicles 20.
Jehoshaphat stood as a leader, and he was utterly terrified. The Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites were gathering against them. In fear, Jehoshaphat had no where to turn. This was one of those exceptional circumstances in which one's only hope is supernatural because there is absolutely no natural source of hope. He set his face to seek the Lord and led the people in a fast. Judah remembered they served a God, and now, in this desperate moment, they would cast all their hopes upon him.
As a father, this scene is unnerving. All the people assembled, husbands with wives and their children, and they sought even the tiniest flicker of hope. I can imagine what it must have felt like to stand beside your wife and children, to look at them with terror in your heart as you wrestled with the realization that you were completely helpless in the face of these overwhelming odds.
Yet, it was at that very moment that God reassured His people. He sent word through Jahaziel to encourage the people. They were powerless in the face of this invading force, but they would not have to fight this battle. Instead, their place was simply to gaze in wide-eyed wonder at the miraculous work of God. "You will not even need to fight in this battle," He told them. "Stand firm," He admonished. "See the salvation of your the LORD on your behalf," He declared.
The crazy thing is...they believed Him.
It is not circumstantial or coincidental that their salvation began in the same moment as their praise. "And when they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed." (2 Chronicles 20:22, ESV) At the end of the day, their only responsibility was to reap the reward.
You may face some overwhelming odds today that threaten and cause fear. You may be forced to face your total helplessness in this moment and situation. While it would be totally rational to give in to those emotions from the natural perspective, never forget that you serve a supernatural God. He is capable of so much more than we can even begin to fathom. He is strong enough to cause the enemy to turn against itself, but He is also powerful enough to claim glory from that which would appear to triumph over us.
We may be completely helpless, but, in Him, we are NEVER hopeless.