Have you ever tried to solve a large problem? Some problems are so large that they seem too big for me. It’s like looking at a tangled ball of yarn. Pulling on one thread tugs another, which might make the knot even worse. So it is with large problems also.
The solution is hard to find because every solution seems to cause several more problems. These potential problems get in the way of solving the real problem because we become paralyzed by indecision for fear of making things worse. Instead of focusing on the potential problems, focus instead on what’s before you and the known facts.
Jehoshaphat faced a situation like this once. God’s people were living in fear as their enemies were invading, intent on their destruction. They couldn’t see the solution to this invasion, so they chose to focus on what they did know: the greatness of their God:
O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. 2 Chronicles 20:12
Jehoshaphat remembered God’s mighty hand; how He had saved His people in the past. He knew God had given them this land and would not simply let His people be destroyed. And so they did all they could do: They fixed their eyes on the God who could save them.
What do you do when you face a problem so large it doesn’t seem possible to overcome it? Are you anxious about what might happen? Are you paralyzed in fear because of what other problems might arise? Maybe it’s time to remember who God is. When you don’t know what to do, may your eyes be on Him.