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
In Jehoshaphat’s prayer, he appeals to the character and name of God. He KNOWS God is sovereign (he rules) and that He is omnipotent (he is all-powerful and all-mighty). We just read in 2 Chronices 16 that the “eyes of the Lord run to and fro…” and here in today’s passage we are encouraged to keep OUR eyes on Him. Indeed, whatever situation we face, we can turn our eyes to Him, look to Him and His great power, sovereignty, grace and steadfast love. TRUST Him no matter what comes your way! And be encouraged by also reading Psalm 145 today, which praises our great and awesome God!