"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah found themselves in a situation that was beyond their ability to handle, as three separate nations had joined forces to attack them. I love his response, and I pray that I can mimic him when I find myself backed into a corner.
1) He resolved to inquire of the Lord with prayer and fasting, he and all the people of Judah together. He saw the power of unity in prayer. He saw the weakness of his nation in comparison with the vast army coming against them...but he saw the strength in their corporate cry to their God.
2) King Jehoshaphat didn't stand before them in his palace on his throne. He stood before the people at the temple of the Lord. He remembered where to connect to the Lord in time of distress:
"If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name and will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear us and save us." He knew where to find His God.
3) He declared what he knew before he declared what he didn't. He knew who God was, and he chose to remember this and declare it before admitting that he didn't know what to do. He spoke aloud his prayer of acknowledgment of the greatness of God in front of all the people. He wasn't afraid to perhaps show his weakness as he declared his dependence on the Lord's strength.
We don't like to say "I don't know" when someone looks to us for an answer. It assaults pride a little bit to find a weak spot in our knowledge. If we could grasp the power in our weakness, others may perhaps see the strength of our God more easily.
I don't always know what to do, but I do know who does. I don't know all the answers, but this I know: I know whom I have believed, and I am fully convinced that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day.
When we don't know the way, we can proclaim that we know who does. When we can't see the big picture, we can set our eyes on the One who does. Lord, we don't know what to do, but our eyes are on You.
2 Chronicles 20
2 Timothy 1:12