Facing the Impossible

2 Chronicles 20:1-22

Pastor Dustin Jessee | March 29, 2020

King Jehoshaphat was the 4th King of Judah and sought to bring about spiritual reform in Judah.

Here in our passage, King Jehoshaphat finds himself surrounded and overwhelmed with no way out.

2 Chronicles 20:1 says,

"It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat.

Ever been there?

Before we go any further... FEAR IS NORMAL.

2 Chronicles 20:3 says,

"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah."

Fear is normal when we're faced with uncertainty... but we must be careful what we do with that fear.

Notice that Jehoshaphat's fear pushed him into God (verse 3 said, "... and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.")

This brings us to our 1st point today...

The first thing we must do when overwhelmed is:

1. Feed Our Faith

Again, 2 Chronicles 20:3 says,

"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah."

The first thing King Jehoshaphat did was seek God through prayer and fasting.

If we feed our fear, we starve our faith... but when we feed our faith, we starve our fear.

Which are you feeding?

2. Confess Our Weakness

2 Chronicles 20:12 says,

"O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."

The saying, "God will never give us more than we can bear" is a lie!

God will give you more than you can handle because if you could get through it, you would get the glory - not HIM!

3. Look to Jesus

Again, 2 Chronicles 20:12 says,

"O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."

You see, sometimes God will put us sin a place where all we can do is look up because we're so overwhelmed and surrounded - but that's the best place to look! Look Up!

Psalm 121:1-2 says,

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills - from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth."

4. Position Yourself

2 Chronicles 20:17 says,

"You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you."

Aren't you glad you have a God who fights for you?

Sometimes, He gives us strength to fight and other times He simply says, "stand still and watch Me."

5. Prepare to Praise

2 Chronicles 20:21-22 says,

"And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: 'Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.' Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated."

The greatest weapon we have as God's people is the weapon of praise!

You can panic or you can praise - I choose to praise the Lord!

We don't praise Him for what He does or doesn't do... we praise Him for who He is!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!

Praise God sin His sanctuary;

Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Praise Him for His mighty acts;

Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;

Praise Him with the lute and harp!

Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;

Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

Praise Him with loud cymbals;

Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!