Today’s Scripture Reading: : 2 Kings 19:1-19; Isaiah 37:1-20; 2 Chronicles 32:9-19; 2 Kings 19:20-37; Isaiah 37:21-38; 2 Chronicles 32:20-23
Most of us…
- Will never receive the kind of news Hezekiah got in today’s scripture reading
- Will never be king over the City of David
- We may own a business
- Lead a team
- Pastor a church
- Parent a family
What would you do if suddenly you got word that a hurricane, oil spill, a group of terrorists, or a failing economy was on its way to destroy everything you hold dear?
What did Hezekiah do?
We’ve seen a lot of kings over the last few weeks of our journey, but very few we can pattern our lives after. Hezekiah is a king we can follow!
In today’s reading Hezekiah finds himself in a crisis. The Holy Spirit allows us to be a fly on the wall to learn crisis management, God’s way.
There are 3 things Hezekiah did when he heard the news that the Assyrians were planning to destroy Jerusalem.
- He went to the place where he met God– the Temple (2 Kings 19:1)
- He sought the advice of Isaiah’s wise, Godly counsel (2 Kings 19:2)
- He took the letter he had received from King Sennacherib’s messengers and went to the temple a second time. He spread it out before the Lord and prayed… O Lord, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth! Bend down, O Lord, and listen! Open your eyes, O Lord, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s word of defiance against the living God…now, O Lord, our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kings of the earth will know that you alone, O Lord, are God. (2 Kings 19:14-16)
What is “the first thing you do” when you receive news of a crisis?
- Call a family member
- Call a friend
- Call a doctor
- Ask for somebody to pray
- Take a pill
- Take a drink
- Escape in T.V.
“The first thing we do” in tough times is the most important thing. It shows where and in whom our faith lies.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
~ Hebrews 11:6
Since Jesus came to earth, died for us, went back to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit; we can meet our God anywhere, anytime. We don’t have to go to the temple to meet him, pray some fancy “thee” and “thou” prayer, or call for someone to pray “for” us. We just have to say, “Jesus, help me!”
Did God answer Hezekiah’s prayers?
Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you prayed about King Sennacherib of Assyria, the Lord has spoken this word against him—see Isaiah 37:22-35.
The very same night Isaiah spoke this prophesy to Hezekiah, the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. King Sennacherib broke camp and returned to his own land. Then, “one day” while the king was worshiping his god, his sons killed him with their swords.
Friends, GOD ANSWERS PRAYER! When a Crisis hits; go to God, get a wise prayer partner who gives Godly counsel, and pray for God to answer your prayer and cause others to “Know Him More!”
Lord increase our faith! Luke 17:5
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 King 19:1-19; Isaiah 37:1-20; 2 Chronicles 32:9-19; 2 Kings 19:20-37; Isaiah 37:21-38; 2 Chronicles 32:20-23