Day 7: The Living Room Meeting
And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said, “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:5
Devotional Material: The Living Room Meeting
One day a problem developed that was much larger than climbing a tall skinny tower without supports. As a child, I wasn’t privy to the details, but it brought my parents to the floor in the living room, tears swelling, crying out to the Lord in a way I had never witnessed. My sister and I were not left out of this Family Meeting. We circled up alongside the adult. There was really nothing to do but expose our inability to make a way before God and let Him do whatever He chose.
We find Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, in a similar posture when the Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites show up to fight against him. He didn’t flex his kingly muscles or call on a neighboring ally. Honestly, he was afraid, much like we are in the face of havoc-wreaking situations. Instead, Jehoshaphat does something you and I should imitate. After bringing everyone together, not simply the elders and the men, but even the children, he proclaimed a fast. And then, with the king leading, they all prayed together, as if they were gathered together in the family living room.
This was their problem—not one solely for generals and kings. Jehoshaphat led in such a way that he communicated all were significant, from the least to the greatest. Therefore each one had a responsibility. They all fasted. Every single person cried out to the Lord.
The king communicates that they understand He is a God high above the earth, unequal to any human comparison. With Him does the power to stand lie, not with Jerusalem or with the enemy. He then begins to articulate the original intent of giving them the very land that is now threatened; and why it might be beneficial for God to defend it. Ultimately, King Jehoshaphat understands and acknowledges, in this living room setting before God, they are powerless. They don’t know what to do.
“But our eyes are on you.”
Would you consider sitting in the cyber living room with me? Let’s bring everyone together. Right now, I’m asking you, to consider taking it up a notch for the remainder of our time together. Let’s remember who God is in His Glory. But let’s not hesitate to bring the issues. Making a way for families and caring for the plight of the orphan are certainly issues in chorus with the heart of God. He might say, “No. It’s not time. Not this way.” But He might just as well say, “Yes! I’ve been waiting for you to ask Me, like this.”
In this cyber living room, would you pray along with me in the most earnest way? The forces against us are super-colossal. The magnitude of the orphan crisis exceeds our resources and the awareness of the majority of the population. We most definitely don’t know what to do. Together, in chorus, can pray,
“But our eyes are on you.”
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