2 Chron 20:12 “… for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.”
In 2 Chron 20:1-2 “It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. 2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.”
Jehoshaphat did well in all those battles. The Lord was with him, but he got scared when someone came and told him about a great multitude coming against him. The Lord had told him not to touch them and they had obeyed.
2 Chron 20:3-11 “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. 5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, 6 And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? 7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. 10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; 11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.”
These armies were greater than Israel. They had left them alone, but still, they plotted against them. Jehoshaphat feared and felt as if he were flying blind. He didn’t know what to do.
A pilot has several gadgets useful for flying in the worst of conditions. He can still see through these instruments and avoid a collision. When he wants to land, the first thing he sees is all the lights at the airport.
A fighter jet, on the other hand, is smaller and has to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier. It doesn’t have all those lights and the landing strip is much shorter. The aircraft carrier has no lights so not to be seen by the enemy. The only thing that pilot has is communication with the signal landing officer and himself. The landing officer shines a light pointed directly at that aircraft. He says, “Call the ball.” And when the pilot is confident he has all the information he needs, he responds, “Ball.” The pilot’s only task from then on is keeping his eyes on the ball.
It’s the same for you as a believer. You have so many things, but nothing is greater than keeping your eyes on the ‘ball.’ Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Deut 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Psalm 89:26 “He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”
The enemy is a great deceiver, the father of lies. He’ll make you think you can do things that are wrong and it will all be okay. Yet, that keeps your eyes off the Lord. It keeps you in disarray.
Our Lord says that sometimes you have to go through things because it’s not your battle.
2 Chron 20:14-15 “Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
Sometimes you will go through battles, but the battle is not yours, but God’s! He will keep you. Just be faithful and keep your eyes on Jesus.
God is the only one that can change your circumstances. He is the only one who can change your destiny. Just give it all to Him. Just pray and trust Him. Be faithful and count on Him. Focus on Him, not on your circumstances. He wants to take you to a place where you can be with Him and communicate with Him.
These things are not things that will last. God is the vine and we are His branches.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
There is Someone that guides your way, your path. Don’t allow the enemy to discourage you. You are mightier than that. You have authority, empowered by Almighty God. You are not left to yourself. Call on Him. Don’t allow your jobs or your situation to dictate your time. Don’t miss church.
The enemy wants to destroy you and your family. He wants to create chaos and disunity. He wants to kill you. His whole purpose is to lie, steal, and destroy. He wants to take your mind off of Jesus and put it onto your enemy. He will entice you and distract you by whatever means necessary. He will tell you lies about your family. He doesn’t want you to come to the altar. He wants you to stay where you’re at and don’t talk to Jesus. Aren’t you tired? He’ll use anything to keep your focus off of God and to destroy your faith.
Everyone has secrets, things they aren’t proud of. That little secret is ‘Hey, you’re not good enough! Why does the Lord need you? Aren’t you more comfortable where you’re at?’
Of course, the Lord needs you! He made your good enough! Don’t turn your back on your pastor or your God. Don’t allow your circumstances to loom bigger than your God.
Jehoshaphat didn’t even have to fight. He was told to go out and face the battle, but don’t worry. When Jehoshaphat obeyed God, the musicians went first, singing and worshipping. They didn’t have to fight at all. By the time they got there, all the armies destroyed themselves. The battle was not theirs, it was God’s!
God will do the same for you!
Nothing is impossible for Him! He is your Knight in Shining Armor. He is the Light. He will light the ball. He will land you right on the deck.
Great men and women have gone through terrible things, but instead of taking their own lives, they kept their eyes on the Lord.
Job had it all and lost it all, but he never turned his back on the Lord. The enemy wanted him to curse God, but Job refused. He’d rather die than curse the Lord. He kept his eyes on the Lord, even when his own wife, his friends made things worse. He never turned back on his God.
God fights for you. He needs your attention. Allow Him to take control.
You have a choice to try to control your own life or let God have control.
Adam and Eve were commanded to obey God, but they chose to disobey and that destroyed their perfect life. Don’t sin. The devil will try to entice you, but don’t go his way.
There is hope. Keep your eyes on Jesus. He will forgive you. Bear good fruit. God’s responsibility is to take care of the vine. He will dig around in the roots and all those problems will come up. This is His pruning. If you will stand still, all of those troubles will pass by. It won’t be a nice sight. You will lose people. Yet, God is with you.
It’s not what you want, it’s what the Lord wants for you. Keep your eyes on Him and allow Him to mold you. There is Someone greater than that deceiver. You can overcome all things, all hurt, all circumstances, if you keep your eyes on Him.
You have the opportunity to be that shining light. Keep your eyes on Him and that will be your witness. There is nothing that has the final say in your life except Jesus.
There may be a cloud, but God is there. Keep your eyes on Him. Gather and pray, just like Jehoshaphat. Call on Him and He will hear you. Leave those circumstances to Him.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Willie Rosado.
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