Our Eyes Are On You

Looking Up

“We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

At times, the believer may find himself in a place where he is completely distraught, totally dismayed, and utterly burdened beyond his own strength.

He may feel just as Jehoshaphat did when the armies of the Moabites and Ammonites and Meunites gathered together against him for battle:

“For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us.”

Notice that Jehoshaphat had no plan: “We don’t know what to do”. He also had no power: “For we are powerless against this great horde”.

He was completely powerless, defenseless, helpless, and weak. He had no strength to face his enemies. He didn’t know what to do.

Have you ever felt this way?

What Are We To Do When We Don’t Know What To Do?

We can learn a lot from this passage of Scripture.

Though Jehoshaphat had no plan and no power, what he did have was faith and trust in the Sovereign, all-powerful King of the Universe:

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… Our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:5-6; 12, ESV)

Here’s what we are to do when we don’t know what to do:

We lift our eyes heavenward to the One who can help us in our distress.

Our Eyes Are On You

When our eyes are on our enemies, we will be dismayed and full of fear. When our eyes are on ourselves, we will be discouraged and we’ll lose heart. But, when our eyes are on the God of heaven, we will be assured of his help and will receive his strength.

The psalmist said,

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121: 1-2, ESV)

Jehoshaphat lifted his eyes to the God of heaven and he was marvelously helped (see 2 Chronicles 20). His enemies were routed, and he was rescued by divine deliverance.

Our God saves. He offers us a gracious invitation in the midst of our distress,

“Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15, ESV)

Let us remember that all who are in Christ have already been rescued from our greatest distress. And if God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will He not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32).

When we’re in trouble, let us follow Jehoshaphat’s example and make this simple but powerful plea to the God of heaven:

“We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

May we receive His help, and in turn give Him all the glory.

I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).

4 thoughts on “Our Eyes Are On You

  1. Ahhhh… That is refreshing. I need to be reminded often to get my eyes off myself and cast my cares onto Christ. Thanks Craig for these posts! -Chuck

    • You and me both, Chuck! And, isn’t it so freeing to look away from ourselves and to fix our gaze on Jesus? Thanks for your encouragement. Glad it served you.

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