I practically failed history in high school. I was that kid who had to go for tutoring with the history teacher. He would always say, “History is important! You can learn so much from it and become mentally prepared for many things in life. You just have to dig deep and learn about it!” He was always soooo enthusiastic and I would just shrug. Romans 15:4-6 says, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” That impacts me. History is important to God. He wants to give us hope through the most amazing book ever written (that happens to contain A LOT of HIStory), the bible.
This scripture is very interesting in the fact that it basically explains how God wants to give us hope: through endurance and encouragement. I cannot tell you how many times a day I pray for endurance. “Lord help me! Help me walk through this! I can’t do it without you!” But encouragement? Have you ever taken the “love languages” test? I have. And my NUMBER ONE love language was scored as words of encouragement. They impact me in ways I can’t explain. One encouraging word can change my whole day! Sometimes it can change my whole week! The Lord is an encourager. He wants to encourage you and help you to endure.
A lot of terrible things happen in this world on a day to day basis. There’s crime, heartbreak, depression, murder, suicide, natural disasters, and all kinds of struggles everywhere you look. God doesn’t want that for us. He doesn’t want us to feel hope-less. He wants us to be hope-full! But how? Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I LOVE this verse. It’s probably my all time favorite. It’s so encouraging and at the same time it gives me direction. It brings me hope. It gets me through. This verse doesn’t say “but seek first to focus on your fear…” It doesn’t say “but seek first to help your financial burdens” and it also doesn’t say “but seek first to somehow make it through another work day.” The verse says to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. If we seek first to fix our problems then our problems have just been given authority over our life. They’ve been given the priority. They are the focus. THAT’S NOT THE WAY! God says to seek HIM FIRST and He will take care of the rest. Give Him the control and He’s got your back! If that’s not encouraging and reassuring I am not sure what is.
When you focus on the giants in your life instead of God you are basically giving in. Why not shift your focus? Instead of concentrating on the bad, concentrate on God. It changes everything. When trouble strikes grab your bible! Hit your knees! Gods there. He’s got you! Soon you’ll see that you have a little devil and a BIG GOD. He cares for you. He loves you. He wants to encourage you and motivate you and bring you hope and in history we’ve seen this through Him time and time again.
God- what He has done, is doing, and will do- that is a history lesson worth the read. That’s the kind of history that excites me! It’s a book I can’t put down! I’m full of hope after I read it and I know…I officially love history…because God is where it began. I can’t wait for what is to come!
Make history today, friends! Speak life! Walk in joy and peace! Spread His love and His light! We can change the world…but it all starts with you. It starts with a change of mind. A change of focus! God sent His son to due on the cross so that we don’t have to walk in pain and suffering! Focus on Him! He is good!
Written by Whitney Wells