One of the last things I want to do as a guy is admit weakness. I want to appear at all times as if I have things figured out and under control. I want to have an answer for any situation and be able to get myself out of any predicament. Whether it be at work, in my marriage, as a father or friend I want to have the answers.
Contrast that thinking with this: “We are powerless before this great multitude, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chron 20:12). Admitting that they are powerless, saying they do not know what to do, wow, that takes courage. The story behind this statement involved a King who has just been told by his men that the evil troops are coming for them. They tell him that they are vastly outnumbered, that the odds are stacked against them and that the outcome will not be pretty.
The king, the most powerful guy in the land is the one making the statement above. Talk about humility. I’m sure everything in him wants to just go battle these intruders, but he stops, reminds all of the people who God is, admits their need for God to show up, and listens for God’s next instruction. I’ll let the Scripture speak for itself to close this post:
(a prophet speaks to the King) “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you. “