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19th February 2024

Feeling Helpless

Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord . . .

2 Chronicles 20:3

Things are not what they sometimes appear to be. In this information age, when the horrors of foreign wars are brought into our living rooms; when political wrangling is often vicious and our moral free-fall is accelerated by social media; when justice is often aborted by political considerations—where do we turn? 

Add to that our personal anxiety brought about by the destructive pressures on our family, failing health, or economic uncertainty. Where do we look for help? 

An ancient king named Jehoshaphat has an answer for us. When faced with a coalition of three different armies marching in lockstep to exterminate him and the people of Judah, he prayed a prayer that should often be on our lips: “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.” (2 Chronicles 20:12). 

When we feel helpless, when one distressing headline after another brings bad news, we have somewhere we can look. We must turn our attention from that which is visible to Him who is invisible. We must turn our attention to God—the God who does not wait for the news but makes the news. 

Bible Reading

2 Chronicles 20:1-12.


When I am feeling helpless Father God, help me in faith to turn to You for help, wisdom and guidance. In Christ's name. Amen.



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