What weapon do you use to attack your problems?
When we worship, our problems don’t go away, but what the devil threatens to do in our lives through those problems goes away.
When problems arise in our lives, our natural tendency is to worry, become anxious or depressed, get discouraged, or turn to vices that help us feel better for a short period of time. There is no question of whether or not we will have problems; we will always have problems while we live in this fallen world. The question lies in how we respond.
As Christ-followers, worship is our main weapon against life’s problems. When we worship, our problems don’t go away, but what the devil threatens to do in our lives through those problems goes away.
In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, is being attacked by three different nations. This is a major problem! But does he fret, worry, or become depressed? No! He worships God.
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:3-4
We must “seek the Lord” every day, as we never know when we will need his strength, protection, and guidance.
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? 2 Chronicles 20:5-6
Jehoshaphat acknowledges that God is lifted high in heaven, above all. Lifting God to His proper place helps us to realize that we don’t live under our problems, but under a mighty and powerful God.
When drama comes our way, it is easy to get carried away and imagine the worst. But we are called to focus on the truth of God’s character, not on the information in front of us. And the truth is that no problem is stronger than God.
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:18
At this point in Jehoshaphat’s story, the battle has not yet been won – it has not even taken place! Yet Jehoshaphat worships the Lord. Worship reminds our hearts where our hope lies. Worry takes on the battle ourselves, but worship surrenders the battle to God’s power, acknowledging that He will handle it.
To conclude today’s service, everyone present was asked to write down a problem that s/he faces today and nail it to the cross. Then we all shared in a time of extended worship. So as you read this, write your own problem down. Imagine it going up on that cross and give it over to a mighty God who is more powerful than any problem, relationship struggle, or financial drama that you could possibly face. Lift Him on high where He belongs and let His peace come upon you.