What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do
When you are surrounded by trouble, when your problems are many and overwhelming, when you do not know what to do, what do you do? Worrying will not help. Becoming paralyzed by fear is worse. Putting your eyes on people will leave you disappointed. What should you do?
That was the situation King Jehoshaphat found himself in when three different armies joined together to attack him in 2 Chronicles 20. When news reached him of this impending danger, he feared for his life and for the fate of Israel. What chance did they have? The king knew he did not have the ability to defend himself and his people against such powerful forces. And he did not know what to do.
And so he did what we should do when we don’t know what to do:
1. He paused. Not knowing what to do, he stopped what he was doing to seek the face of God. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalms 46:10)
2. He prayed. “O our God, will You not judge them? 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.” (II Chronicles 20:12)
3. He praised. “When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” (II Chronicles 20:21)
Did this strategy work? Let’s see.
“At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.”
Jehoshaphat’s strange strategy worked! By pausing, praying, and praising, he had released faith, instead of fear, and faith opened the the door for God to work. And what a work God did!
“King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all! On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the Lord there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today. (2 Chronicles 20:22-26 NLT)
Child of God, if you are in a valley of difficulties today, do not let it overcome you. If you do not know what to do, then do what Jehoshaphat did. Pause, pray, and praise! Then watch and see as God turns your valley of difficulties into the Valley of Blessing!