Focus on God, Not the Problem

Daily Devotional

2 Chronicles 20:3-4 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

Sometimes we make the mistake of focusing on the problem or the enemy that stands in our way. Doing so is a mistake because we cannot win doing that. David was a man of war, and he did not win his battles focusing on the enemy. In Psalms 121, he said “I will look to the hills from whence cometh my help”. His declaration revealed that God was the center of his focus, not his enemy nor the problem that was before him. Although Jehoshaphat was not known for his prowess as a warrior, he also led the people of Judah to victory in 2 Chronicles 20 and it was not done by focusing on the enemy. When Jehoshaphat saw the large army of Moab and Ammon coming against them, he proclaimed a fast and gathered the people to seek God’s help through prayer. Note that the focus was on God, not the enemy. If they had let the enemy become the focus, the result is that they would have attempted to deal with it in their own strength, but that was not what they did.

Two things happened because Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah decided to focus on God and not the problem. The first thing that happened as a result of them focusing on God and not the problem was that they got the wisdom that they needed to employ the right strategy. With God telling them in 2 Chronicles 20:17 that they would not need to fight in the battle, that was the clarity that they needed and as a result they knew what their next move should be. What happens when we focus on the problem is that we get so distracted by the situation that we lose out on quality time with God, which automatically blind our eyes to His wisdom.  

Another thing that happens when we take our focus off the problem and fix it on God is that we get the strength to overcome. Jehoshaphat and the people went out early in the morning to the battle, but kept their focus on God by appointing singers to give praise to God and the Bible said in 2 Chronicles 22:20 that when they began to sing God set an ambush on their enemy. By fixing their focus on God they drew on God’s strength and had the victory. A similar approach to that taken by Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah is what we should take when we are faced with problems, or an enemy because we are certain to overcome.

Life Application: Avoid focusing on the problem or enemy that you face and fix your focus on God to get the wisdom and strength that you need to overcome.

Prayer: Father, I will look to the hills from whence cometh my help, my help comes only from you. Lord, help me to focus on you and not the problems I’m faced with. Given the direction necessary to overcome. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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