When you come to a fork in the road, take it. I can’t remember who said it, I just remember the quote. And sometimes when it comes to making a decision, you need more than taking the road lesson traveled or picking up a “fork” along the way.
That’s why I am learning from Jehoshaphat and his leadership. In reading through the Bible in a year, I came across 2 Chronicles 20 and Jehoshaphat is looking for direction. He doesn’t know what to do, but he knows who does. His wisdom is clear: When I don’t know what to do, I look to the One who does. Jehoshaphat knows 3 directional signals to realign His GPS (God Positioning System) as it is recalculating.
1. Know who God is. 2 Chronicles 20:6, Lord God of our ancestors, aren’t you the God in heaven? You rule all the kingdoms of the nations. You possess power and might, and no one can oppose you. (GOD’S WORD) Jehoshaphat not only knows God’s name, he knows God’s history. He knows God’s character as Savior of Israel. He knows God is in control and has the final say.
2. Know to seek God’s direction. Jehoshaphat remembers Solomon’s prayer, and prays it back to God in verse 9, We will cry out to you in our troubles, and you will hear us and save us. The crowds are clamoring for action, Jehoshaphat is praying to God. Even more he is teaching them to pray. People panic, leaders pray.
3. Know what God has said. Jehoshaphat remembers God’s command to Israel entering the promised land to leave the Moabites, Amonites and Edomites (people of Mount Seir) alone. Israel in this case had done what God had said, these people had not. This leads to his “we don’t know what to do” comment. Yet instead of jumping with the people’s response, he prays what God has said until he gets God’s response. Jehoshaphat is the king, the appointed leader, but he waits the appointed time until God shows him what to do.
When you don’t know what to do. you do what you know. Know who God is. Know to seek God’s direction. Know what God has said. All 3 are needed. All 3 build on each other. All 3 lead to prayer until God gives direction, until the Spirit prompts what to do.
For Jehoshaphat his answer comes from the Spirit speaking to and through Jahaziel. He finds out where they are. He learns of their plans, and he’s told to watch and wait. How’s this for battle strategy? Vs. 17, You won’t fight this battle. Instead, take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord for you, Judah and Jerusalem. Don’t be frightened or terrified. Tomorrow go out to face them. The Lord is with you.
So when you don’t know what to do, what do you do?