«The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted» (Proverbs 10:24).
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, was confronted with a great army that was ready to destroy him and his people. So, after pondering the situation, he came to the conclusion that he didn’t have the ability to face his enemy. His group of helpers awaited orders from the monarch. Then, the Hebrew leader knelt to tell the Lord the following: 1) that it was impossible for him to fight against the army that was ready to attack him; 2) that he didn’t know what to do; 3) that his only hope was in God (2 Chronicles 20:12). This formula sounds very reasonable. Then God intervened by destroying the enemies of his people.
It’s hard to hear that kind of confession coming from a monarch. In general, powerful people can be arrogant, unpredictable, and stubborn. What’s more, many of their decisions are simply based on ridiculous whims. The situation becomes even more dramatic if they’re surrounded by flatterers who spend their time telling them what they want to hear, instead of wise people who prudently guide them. The history of humanity is full of examples of how important battles have been lost due to the foolishness of the people in charge of armies. Jehoshaphat could have probably resorted to nationalism, exalting past glories to encourage his people and lead his soldiers into the fight. But what would have been the point? He would have only encountered a glorious death and also lost the war. However, he chose to humble himself before God and recognize his limitations and deep need of the heavenly Father.
Let me share with you Ellen White’s words: «It may appear that Satan is triumphant, and that truth is overborne with falsehood and error… . But God would have us recall His dealings with His people in the past to save them from their enemies. He has always chosen extremities, when there seemed no possible chance for deliverance from Satan’s workings, for the manifestation of His power. Man’s necessity is God’s opportunity»—Counsels for the Church, Ch. 61, p. 336.
Are you in serious trouble? Have you come to the conclusion that there’s no solution for your situation? No matter what your difficulties may be, I invite you to follow Jehoshaphat’s formula: 1) confess that your problems exceed your ability to face them; 2) that you don’t know what to do; 3) that you’ve decided to put your trust in God. He will not abandon you. Get ready to see His power work in your life.