There is no question of whether we will encounter problems in life. Even Jesus said in John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Ironically, whenever we encounter problems in life, our typical response is to worry, become anxious, discouraged, depressed or even angry enough to turn to behavior that only help us feel better in the short term. There is no question of whether or not there will be problems; the question is in how you respond.
As a Christian and a true follower of Christ, your weapon in problem times is worship. It is your main weapon, it helps you fight against life’s problems. Worship doesn’t mean your problem goes away, it refocuses your mind on the one who has overcome for you. It is the fear, despair, anxiety and depression that goes away putting you in a position to really hear God tell/show you a way out of the problem. Worry and anxiety blind you to all that.
Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 came under attack by 3 nations at the same time. That definitely was a major problem but in the midst of that, he didn’t despair, he worshiped God. Now, why would he do that if he didn’t have the confidence that God was going to save him and his people? I believe it was that courage that pushed him to seek God, he proclaimed a fast instead of being afraid and he led the people in this and God did His thing!
Look at what he said in verses 5 and 6: Then 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, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?
He recognized that God is higher than the highest and stronger than the strongest and nothing, no problem could stand before Him! Putting God in His rightful place far above any tribulation will help you realize that “you are not supposed to live under your problems but under a mighty and powerful God”. There is no problem stronger, mightier or higher than God! Stop looking at what you see in front of you and focus instead on the one who has overcome for you!!!
Worrying is like taking on the battle in your own strength. Worship, on the other hand, places the problem directly in God’s hand recognizing that He can and will handle it!
Thanks for the insight you share in this article. God bless you!