From the Pastor’s Study….

 

King Hezekiah was in a bind.  The Assyrian King, Sennacherib and his army were threatening Judah.  What did Hezekiah do?  14 Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15 Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. 17 Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands 18 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. 19 Now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.”

His prayer [which was answered] holds lessons for us —

  1. Hezekiah didn’t fret about the danger they faced.  He took the letter and spread it out before the Lord, which was an act of faith.
  2. King Hezekiah worshiped and exalted the Lord for who He is, and affirmed God’s sovereignty over the nations.
  3. He knew that idols are “not gods but the work of human hands.”  Therefore they are powerless to help and easily destroyed.
  4. He clearly understood the purpose of God’s activity in the world; “that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You, alone, O Lord, are God.”

Please join us this Sunday when our youth will lead us in worship.  They have worked hard to prepare and we look forward to the service.

Have a great rest of the week!

Pastor Bob