Historical, Not Hysterical

Lately, I have needed Biblical encouragement and examples about how God triumphs even when the surrounding circumstances seem impossible. So, in an effort to keep my sanity, I have been reading about my boy, Jehoshaphat. I love his story found in 2 Chronicles 20. Take a few moments and read it. You won’t be disappointed.

When Jehoshaphat got ominous news that impending circumstances were looming, enemies were on all sides, and he was about to lose everything, he didn’t freak out. Instead, he wrote the playbook on how to overcome…God’s way.

  1. Seek the Lord
  2. Get God’s Attention
  3. Praise God for What He’s Already Done
  4. Ask God for Help
  5. Wait and Watch

But here’s the part that really struck a chord with me this week. When Jehoshaphat was literally and figuratively surrounded, heavily burdened with the responsibility of the people in his kingdom, he made the best decision.

He decided to get historical, not hysterical.

“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?” 2 Chronicles 20:6-9

Getting historical is based on logic and fact, not emotion. This week, it helped me put together a list of all the times God came through for my family and me. I began to put names and dates on miracles, relationships, prosperity, and provision. It was an exercise that took some time, but it was well worth the effort and far more beneficial than worrying. It also gave me exponential courage to face the next challenge.

Are you staring down the impossible? Surrounded by discouragement? Grieving something that is lost? Overcome by the impossible? So was my buddy Jehoshaphat.

So, today ends with a little bit of homework. My challenge for you is to get historical. Write out your list. Maybe you don’t need it today, but I promise you may need it in the future. Have it ready so that when the sky darkens, and you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, you can remember that our God has, is, and always will be the God of the impossible.

We will get through this together!
In His Service and at yours,
~Shawn

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

2 thoughts on “Historical, Not Hysterical

  1. Historics not hysterics, what a great thought to keep in mind. lOOKING BAcK PERHAPS AS CLOSELY AS YESTERDAY, WE CAN FIND GOD’S HAND IN OUR DAILY LIVING. tHANKS sHAWN FOR THIS BRIGHT MESSAGE OF HOPE. hUGS

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