Some problems are just too big.
They’re too big to ignore… They’re too big to understand… They’re too big to fix…
In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat is facing a problem just like that. An army was coming to attack. It was too big, too strong and too close. So what does Jehoshaphat do? He goes out to the courtyard and prays to God… “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
The nation of Judah stands before him, waiting for God’s response because they were facing the same problem Jehoshaphat was. And either God would deliver an answer or they would soon be running for their lives. They kept waiting and waiting, confident God would be there in that moment when this answer finally came: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”
The problem was too big for one king – or even one nation. It was a God-sized problem that could only be handled by God-sized hands.
It would have been easiest for the people to pack up at the first sign of trouble and run for the hills. It would have been tempting for the people to rally an army and make one final, glorious stand. It would have been natural for the people to form a plan and negotiate a peaceful surrender.
But it was best for the people to go out and face their problem, letting God move through them to solve it.
Some problems are just too big for one man. And chances are, you’re facing a problem just like that. It’s tempting to run, but God’s waiting to meet you right in the thick of the mess. It’s easy to hide and ignore it, but God’s waiting for you to turn and face it.
Facing your problem won’t be easy and it won’t be fun, but it WILL be better than running and hiding. Because problems never go away on their own. It will find you and it will destroy you no matter how hard you try to deny it exists. It’s much better to march out and face it where it is, letting God fight the hard fight today than it will be to get cornered on your own some day in the future.