Meanwhile

Cheri Strange

Day 8: Meanwhile

Scripture

Meanwhile all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. And the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.”

Devotional Material: Meanwhile

Have you ever followed a set of directions that called you to multitask? Recipes use the strategy all the time, but I’ve noticed it when Chad and I have been trying to accomplish a home improvement project, as well. You are moving right along on the task when suddenly, the instructions begin a whole other strain with a transition word or phrase such as, “while,” “as that processes,” “begin to,” or “in the meantime,” to let you know things are happening simultaneously.

As a mother to eight, my whole life is sustained by multitasking. We would never get anywhere, enjoy clean clothes, or eat dinner if I wasn’t capable of mastering “in the meanwhile.”

Meanwhile, all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 

All of Judah with King Jehoshaphat have been gathered together fasting and praying, crying out to God in their dire situation. It may not seem like it, but “meanwhile” here, is a rich descriptor. It assures us that while we are standing, God is still moving. He is laboring in the middle of our waiting, the delays, the irritations, and the feelings of abandonment that arise from deep within because nothing appears to be happening. Don’t forget. Meanwhile—God is at work.

While God’s people stood, He was moving Jahaziel to speak on His behalf. Once again, this is a man who is simply listening to God, ready to hear Him, and willing to act on His behalf. It was his message that gave direction and wisdom for what the whole community had been praying and fasting over.

Meanwhile, God was placing His instrument in exactly the right place to help in the situation.

What about you and me?

How many times have you and I wanted to go about solving the issue differently? We don’t want to stand still. Or we wait around too long mulling over a thousand ideas and neglect to allow God to give us His. We can get this all mixed up. King Jehoshaphat gets it right and leads his people to do the same. You and I can follow this example today.

Because, even in your situation, God can multitask. While you fast and pray and stand still…He is working.

Pray for God to extend and strengthen your hope to trust Him through your meanwhile’s.

 

 

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