Recently I have been trying to form a new habit. Which simple is; “When in doubt, expect the best.”
To explain, let me give you some background into how my mind thinks.
I naturally begin to assume the worst when I don’t have facts.
For example, last year I had to go to the doctors for some tests. That part was ok. What wasn’t ok was the doctor’s office ringing me to say the Dr wants me talk with me regarding my results. When this happened, I was convinced myself I was dying.
Just in case you are wondering, nothing was wrong. As usual, my mind went straight to the worst possible outcome. Hence why I am forming a new habit of “When in doubt, expect the best.”
When I read through the bible I see God wanting us to place our faith in him and expect him to do great things for us.
God wants us to not do like what I often do and expect the worst, but rather watch through eyes of faith expecting him to come through on our behalf.
There is a story in 2 Chronicles where Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah followed God and his battle plan. And by doing this they watched as God delivered them from their enemies.
But the battle plan was, well, stupid. God’s plan was to have singers leading the army into battle.
2 Chronicles 20:22
At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves.
Crazy isn’t it.
Their singing, their faith, their reliance on God, caused the armies to turn on themselves.
I imagine Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah weren’t sure at the start of a positive outcome. But I love that their focus wasn’t on the worst possible outcome, it was rather on following God’s plan.
What do you do when faced with a battle, or a situation where you can’t be sure of the outcome? My encouragement is that you follow the same plan God gave Jehoshaphat here in 2 Chronicles.
Seek God’s guidance, acknowledge your dependence on him, and worship him regardless as to how the situation looks.
If we do that, I believe we can watch and expect God to fight for us.
The battles that we fight belong to God, not us.