Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hezekiah's prayer

2 Kings 19:15-19 And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, "O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, Lord thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib [king of Assyria], which hath sent him to reproach the living God. Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only."
There is so much in Hezekiah's prayer. But reading it again today I was struck by a simple reminder. The unsaved lump Jesus in with every other "religion". When they see the gods of other religions powerless, they assume God and Jesus are powerless too. It's all the same to them. I know different. I know, like Hezekiah, that the "Lord God of Israel...hast made heaven and earth". I know that He is real and powerful because of what He has done in my life and the life of other believers. Because God is real to me, when I find myself in a difficult circumstance, even if my own foolishness got me there, I can choose to remember that God can and will use it for great purpose. Often I forget the bigger picture and simply want to be delivered from my predicament. But when I remember that God has a greater purpose than my comfort, I can pray like Hezekiah, that God would save me out of the predicament [if He chooses to] not so I can be comfortable but so "that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that He is God, and God alone."
God's greater than comfort purposes are making us holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16), bringing glory (praise, celebration) to Himself and continuing to reach out to a lost world that "none should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

1 comment:

Andrea Bell said...

amen sister friend. We serve a big God, and all too often I forget just how big, and I am a believer in His power and greatness. Thank you Lord that you are bigger than or biggest anything!!!

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