Are You Captain of Your Ship? Is it Sinking?

2 Chronicles 20:12: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

Many of us like to be the independent person who can manage alone. Some people claim to be “the captain of [their] ship.” It may be going down, but they’re still the captain of it.

When we face hardships or challenges, we can do as King Jehoshaphat did in the Old Testament. He told God in verse 12, “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

You may not face a vast army. However, you may struggle with anger or face the loss of a job, home or car. Perhaps your marriage is in jeopardy or your children are prodigals. Perhaps you fight illness or the battle of overspending, alcohol or other drugs.

I laugh when I hear myself or another person say, “I’ve tried everything. The only thing left to do is pray.” That should have been our first step.

With our eyes on the Lord, one day we will “see the deliverance the LORD will give [us]” (2 Chronicles 20:17).  Meanwhile, we will follow God’s advice in verse 17, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Dear God, help me. I don’t know what to do. Amen.

Application: In which situation will you turn your eyes upon the Lord?

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Copyright 2011, Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC

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Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.

She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.

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