O our God, will you not judge them, for there is no power in us before this great multitude that is coming against us. Now we do not know what we shall do, for our eyes are upon you.”” (2 Chronicles 20:12, LEB)

Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah’s prayer as the nation faces a coalition of the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites that is set to invade the land.  Things look very bleak.

There are few other passages in the Scriptures which so clearly demonstrate dependence upon the Lord as the prayer of Jehoshaphat with the nation facing an existential threat in the form of invasion.  “There is no power in us,” prays Jehoshaphat, in comparison to the powers coming against us.  It is a “great multitude,” and let’s face it, victory in battle is normally on the side of those who have the most troops.  Judah is so greatly outnumbered that the situation from a human perspective is hopeless. “We do not know what we shall do,” prayers Jehoshaphat, an honest prayer if there ever was one.

Then the acme of the prayer, “our eyes are upon you.”  When all human hope is lost there is still hope as Jehoshaphat demonstrates here.  Yahweh, their God, the God of Israel, the Creator-God of the universe and all that exists, the God who has specifically and repeatedly told them to trust in him, is alive and hears their prayers: “our eyes are upon you.”

The result:“And when they began with singing and praise, Yahweh set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who were coming against Judah. And they were defeated when the people of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to destroy and demolish them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, each helped to destroy his comrade.” (2 Chronicles 20:22–23, LEB)

God is our God just as much as he is the God of Judah and he has told us specifically and repeatedly to trust in him.  It remains with us to depend upon him to say with Jehoshaphat, “our eyes are upon you.”

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