BAFFLED

 

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.  II Chronicles 20:12  (Amp.)

Large numbers of soldiers from several lands were marching toward Judah to destroy God’s children.  King Jehoshaphat, godly leader of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, was frightened and called all the people together to fast and to consult the Lord.  Jehoshaphat reminded God of the long relationship between him and his people, and then he prayed, quite candidly, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

Once again our beloved country is grieving after the tragic deaths of numerous people in Orlando.  We’ve seen this before.  In fact, the scene is becoming all too familiar.  Death of innocent people unexplained and unjustified.  We hear the horror as recounted by survivors and amazing tales of forgiveness from others.

Violence begets violence (Matt. 26:52).   We seem not to know how to stop this horrible evil existing throughout the world.  Our one common enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), and all our negotiations and conciliation do not bring about the peace that’s vacant in so many hearts.

Those of us whose allegiance is to the eternal King who self-identifies as Love can lift our voices, crying for his mercy, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”  When Jehoshaphat listened, he was given a unique battle plan tailored precisely for the circumstance.  It worked without Judah’s having to inflict any harm.

It’s past time for us to unite in prayer for our country and for the peace of the whole world.

 

Father, only through the Prince of Peace will we ever know lasting peace.  Cause us to seek you for your direction and then to be obedient to act as your children.  In Jesus’ Name.  AMEN.

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