Don’t do something! Just stand there!
Have you ever had someone say to you, “Don’t just stand there! Do something!”? Or have you ever said that to someone else? Making such a statement is often justified when someone is faced with a situation requiring action and hesitates. But what if the problem you are facing is something that is totally beyond your ability to solve?
King Jehoshaphat of Judah once faced such a problem. He was a good king who not only obeyed God but appointed godly teachers and judges for Judah to help the rest of the country obey. He once faced a problem which he could do nothing about.
After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, Engedi).
Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the LORD; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. (2 Chronicles 20:1-4)
The army was much too strong for him to resist, so naturally he turned to God. Here is the answer he received.
You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17)
What God was saying was, “Don’t do something! Just stand there!” He obeyed and this was the result.
And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the LORD and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say,
“Give thanks to the LORD,
for his steadfast love endures forever.”
And when they began to sing and praise, the LORD set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another. (2 Chronicles 20:21-23)
Our salvation is a gift of God and not the result of anything we have done. We are not saved by our work but we are saved in order to do the work that God has given us.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
But sometimes we are faced with situations which we can do absolutely nothing about. When this happens we must stop working and watch God take care of the problem.