John 14:1-14; 2 Chronicles 20:1-21:1; Psalm 78:56-72
Today is no longer a normal day in the United States. We approach this day as a day of remembrance, tinged with a bit of fear. We ask ourselves “Will another attack come today?” The answer, of course, is the same answer we would get every day. We don’t know. That being said we need to pray with attitude and a sense of action. The attitude we should have as we come before God is echoed in the words of Jesus in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled.” The action is to come before God in prayer as Jehoshaphat did facing an imminent threat. Armies had been arrayed against Judah and were headed his way. His first impulse was to seek God. The response from God through his prophet was amazing. “And he said, ‘Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”’” (2 Chronicles 20:15) We don’t know what the future holds. Will there be war? Will there be peace? Will I be successful? Will I fail? We ask ourselves these and other questions quite often. Perhaps the best course is to lay these questions out before God, rather than asking ourselves. If we remember that the battle is God’s, we can face any future with confidence. The battle cry of Jehoshaphat and the people who went out to see God’s handiwork in this battle was “Praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever.”As we face the trials and fears of this life, let this be our battle cry as we give the battle to God.
Oh Lord, on this unsettling day, let me not turn to thoughts of fear; instead, let me seek You. As I face the issues of today, tomorrow and the future, let my battle cry be “Praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever.”