Seek the Lord for guidance

Lorene B. Allen, Good Shepherd Ministries
Jan. 31, 2014 @ 07:05 PM

One thing that will hinder your progress on the road to greatness is defeat. Everybody wants to win. When I was a child, I did not like playing sports because I hated the thought of losing as well as getting dirty. I was good at sitting on the sidelines and cheering others to victory.

But in this adult life, I’ve realize that there comes a time when you have to throw the pom-poms down and get in the game.

Have you ever faced a situation that caused you to want to reclaim your space on the bleachers? I know I have! After mustering up the nerve to get in the game and finding it was more than I bargained for and more time and energy that I wanted to give…yes, I wanted to reclaim my seat on the sideline.

But on the road to living a life of victory and great success, being a spectator is not an option. As I examine the story of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, it reminds me of several things. In order to claim your victory when faced with adverse situations and circumstances, you must stay in the fight. Not only that, you must position yourself for victory.

Jehoshaphat heard that he was about to be ambushed and attacked by opposing forces. Yes, he was alarmed. Yes the news startled him, but only for a moment. Jehoshaphat knew in order to get the victory over his enemy he had to put some things in motion. The bible tells us that he did not spend his time fighting with fleshly strategies. I believe Jehoshaphat realized that the weapons of his warfare were not carnal but mighty through God. “Jehoshaphat was alarmed by this news and sought the Lord for guidance. He also gave orders that everyone throughout Judah should observe a fast,” 2 Chronicles 20:3 NLT.

Jehoshaphat shows us what to do when you don’t know what to do. He sought the Lord. “Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails,” Proverbs 19:21. It’s only the plan and purpose of God that will sustain us in the midst of the battle. King Jehoshaphat knew the problem he faced far exceeded his capabilities. So he gathered the people together to seek guidance from the Lord. Oftentimes when there is a problem or a situation that seems overwhelming, we tend to look around us for answers instead of looking up for guidance.

On the road to great success, there will be many obstacles, detours and roadblocks along the way. The enemy will put up a good fight to discourage you and cause you to faint and lose heart. But I encourage you to seek the face of God like never before because He has a master plan just for you. Regardless of how many Ammonites or Moabites rise up against you, stay in the game! Don’t allow fear, doubt or uncertainty keep you from walking out God’s plan for your life. You are empowered to move forward. Jehoshaphat’s life is a testament that if you follow the plan of God for your life, victory and great success is inevitable!