Faith With a Focus
Have you ever been in a situation when you did not have a clue as what to do? As born-again believers, we all probably can say, “I’ve been there!” Another question, “What’s next on the spiritual agenda for us when we find ourselves in that unwanted quandary, leaving us completely bewildered?” Is it just sink or swim, or is there more to the story when unfolded, to make us see that there is a safe voyage ahead on this sea of life? Is there a message that the Lord has for us, empowering us, to keep our heads above it all, in it all, and through it all? Well, how about FAITH WITH A FOCUS, by following the precepts of Scriptural certainty when we go through that seeming uncertainty in which we all do find ourselves at times. There is a Biblical context most precious that gives answer to “just what can I do now?” Here’s that Biblical historical account: “It came to pass … that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle” (2 Chronicles 20:1). They were surrounded by “this great company” (v. 12), with death and defeat most imminent closing in at their front door. Here’s where with the Christian can identify: “Lord, what is next; this is totally out of my hands.” So, what’s the next step? Faith with a focus is the “ONLY NEXT” for the believer, guaranteeing their victory.
Faith with a focus: “And all Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD …they came to seek the LORD” (v 4). The reason for their seeking is seen in Jehosophat’s prayer for the helping: “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us” (v. 12). So, what really was the answer to “what’s next, Lord?” Here it is: “Neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon thee” (v. 12). And with that focus of faith, eyeing the Lord, comes God’s blessing for their seeking and praying, rewarding their faith. They were settled in God’s loving, providential care: “And all Judah stood before the Lord” (v. 12). Need God’s “standing” given to you when the uncertainty of “what now” comes charging at you, to knock you down? Ask the Lord for some spiritual eyes, and come to him for your standing in him, and let HIM know, that you “don’t know!” “Neither know I what to do, but my eyes are upon thee.” With the secure standing given by the Lord, came the sure promise of HIS victory: “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem, fear not, nor be dismayed, tomorrow go out against them, the LORD be with you” (v.17). And they did go to battle with that promise of victory: “They went out before the army … and when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments … and they were smitten” (v. 22). So, in your challenges of uncertainty (financial, health, leadership in home, business, your calling in life) set your eyes on the Lord, don’t run from your difficulty, go with God, together with the aid of his intervening power, stand in him and “begin to sing and praise the LORD” for what he will do when HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO, and will do, when we don’t have the answers. That’s faith with a focus.