When You Feel Helpless

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By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
May 3, 2014|9:34 am

2 Chronicles 20:5-12

Yesterday, we saw what Jehoshaphat did when he found himself in a seemingly hopeless situation. Today, let's extract another principle from the story as we learn how to handle helplessness.

In verses 5-12, Jehoshaphat is still focused on the Lord, which should also be our first response to fear. Yet notice what he does in this prayer. He is not looking forward, stating his fears of what might happen. Instead, he is remembering the past, recounting the times in the nation's history when God brought Israel through similar "helpless" situations.

How often has the Lord done a mighty work on your behalf when all seemed lost? He is actively involved in our lives today. Sadly, we often thank Him in the moment but then forget what He's done for us. Later, when we are fearful again, it's far too easy to forget how He has already proven Himself in our lives.

We all need encouragement when we feel powerless. At such times, it helps to be mindful of what the sovereign Lord has achieved throughout history and in the world today. Not only that, but it's also extremely valuable to recall the ways our loving Father has worked in our own lives.

God knows our faith is strengthened when we take His track record into account. That's why the Bible so often instructs us to remember what the Lord has done-and to share that information with our family members.

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In thinking about His many blessings, you view God's work from a new perspective. You'll start to see how He's weaving the individual threads of your life to create a beautiful tapestry-for His glory.

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