In The Church of Benjamin’s Hope, the gathered people of God who worship together here on the campus of Benjamin’s Hope every Sunday evening at 6 PM, we’re currently working through a message series called “LIFE VERSE”. Basically, we’ve asked those who gather to share a Bible verse or passage that has been especially meaningful to them and how God has spoken to them through that verse. The title of this blog – “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you” – is actually a verse from the Scriptures and is the “Life Verse” of one of our church members. It’s taken from 2 Chronicles 20:12 and the story of King Jehoshaphat and the people of God in Judah being attacked by neighboring enemy armies intent on killing them. They feel overwhelmed, overmatched, and afraid. In this time of fear and anxiety, their King, Jehoshaphat (say that ten times fast), models a deep trust in God and actually leads the people in a prayer right in the middle of that feeling of being afraid. There are many things in our lives today that have the potential to cause us fear and worry – the state of politics in our country, the lack of peace in our world, the struggles we have in our relationships, struggles with disabilities or health problems, problems with our finances, or whatever “enemy army” that is encamped against you. In the middle of these fears, this passage reminds us that God is still present and calls us to trust in Him. In verse 6 of 2 Chronicles chapter 12, Jehoshaphat says this in his prayer to God – “You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.” The reason that we can have any measure of peace through the storms of life is if we believe that God is good and is at work and in control even through our struggles. This does not come naturally to us and requires faith, but I pray that each of us may be able to say to God within our hearts “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you!” To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
PS – For further reading, I’d encourage you to read the entire story in 2 Chronicles 20: 1-30. May God give you His grace and insight to understand the story and renew your trust in Him through your study. We’d also love to have you join us in “radically inclusive” worship at The Church of Benjamin’s Hope at 6 PM every Sunday at 15468 Riley Street in Holland. All abilities and expressions of worship are welcome 🙂 We’ll be walking through different “Life Verses” at least until the end of September!