May 2 When the Odds Are Against You

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:5–12

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:12

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.

The odds were certainly against Jehoshaphat and his men.

Surrounding them were the hordes of three armies—vastly outnumbering the Israelites. Jehoshaphat’s response provides all of us whose backs are against the proverbial wall with a godly game plan:

First, Jehoshaphat acknowledged God’s unequaled power: “Power and might are in Thy hand so that no one can stand against Thee” (2 Chron. 20:6 nasb). Whatever your circumstances, God is greater. His power is sufficient. His grace is adequate. His mercy is abundant.

Second, Jehoshaphat admitted his helplessness: “We are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us” (2 Chron. 20:12 nasb). Your strength is limited. God’s might is unsurpassed.

Third, Jehoshaphat focused on God’s presence: “Our eyes are on Thee” (2 Chron. 20:12 nasb). Don’t dwell on your problem. Concentrate on God’s active presence and participation in the midst of your difficulty.

The battle is His to win as you daily trust Him. He will fight for you if you let Him. He has yet to lose.

Heavenly Father, power and might are in Your hand. No one can stand against You. I am powerless in the face of my circumstances, but my eyes are on You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 129). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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