I Don't Know What To Do
Sermon shared by Christopher Roberts
Summary: What should we do in the face of lifeís stress? Stress is what King Jehoshaphat must have felt when he found out about the upcoming war. We can learn some lessons about stress management from this great leader.
Audience: General adults
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Series: ďWhat To DoĒ
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2 Chronicles 20:1-17
Series: ďWhat to DoĒ
Hey God, I Donít Know What To Do
Intro: What should we do in the face of lifeís stress? Stress is what King Jehoshaphat must have felt when he found out about the upcoming war. We can learn some lessons about stress management from this great leader.
I. Seek the Lord (v. 3)
A. Jehoshaphat did not try to do it himself
B. For success, people need Godís favor and guidance
II. Ask for help from the Lord (v. 4)
A. There may be times when we are too afraid to ask for Godís help in fear of the answer
B. Using all of our strength includes asking for help
We ask God for help. And then what happens? We wait. What do we do while we wait for Godís response?
I. Know that the Spirit of the Lord will come (v. 14)
II. Manage our fear (v. 15)
III. Know that the Lord will be with you (v. 17)
Conclusion: Donít let stress fracture you. God is always available and willing to listen and help.
Well, itís finally September. I have thought lots about September throughout the summer. The reason of course, the one year anniversary of the attacks on America on September 11th, 2001. After the tragedy most churches reported a spurt in attendance during the month of September. And now most churches and most pastors I speak with tell me that the Great Awakening of 2001 has died down. It is my hope that as people remember the tragedy of last year, we will also remember the hope and peace that brought our nation together. I hope we will remember the National Day of Prayer, with President Bush and The Reverend Billy Graham speaking of God and turning to God for answers and guidance. There was an acknowledgment by our government and by our people for the need to seek a higher power as we looked for answers.
Many who lost loved ones and the rest of the country that mourned did ask some important questions. But of all the questions we asked I think most important was the question, ďWhat do we do now?Ē Many shouted to the heavens, ďHey God, I donít know what to do.ď
One year later some continue to ask and some will recall the statement. Some donít know what to do? What to do when planes pierce buildings and thousands of people die in an instant? What to do when my family is coming apart at the seams? What to do when Iím disappointed? What to do when life is too hard or when I just canít seem to win? What do we do?
This month we are going to spend some time looking at what God suggests we do when we donít know what else to do.
(Pause for transition)
Tragedies come, lives fall apart. What often remains is stress. Even when the times are good stress is often enemy number 1, isnít it? Overcommitment. Deadlines. Unrealized expectations. People problems. A stack of phone calls to return. Taking one kid to the 6 oíclock practice on one side of town and the other to the 6 oíclock appointment on the other side of town. And bills, who can forget bills. It often becomes too much. And just when you thought that was the worst, something
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