Posted by: Psal121 | June 11, 2011

Perspective

This evening as I was reading about Hezekiah it occurred to me that we have two choices when faced with a crisis.

We can fight or run for help it all depends on our perspective.

King Ahaz and King Hezekiah, although a generation apart, were faced with attacking enemies wanting to destroy the kingdom of Judah.

King Ahaz had lived a life dishonoring God. He sacrificed his sons, worshiped idols, pretty much did what he thought was right.  When he was attacked by Israel, he loss.  His kingdom was plundered and his people taken into captivity. But the Lord made Israel send their kinsmen home.  He would not let them take Judah into captivity.

King Ahaz was not dependent on the Lord for help. He made an alliance with Assyria, which turned out to be more trouble than help. Assyria attacked Judah and carried many of  them away for slaves.

When Ahaz’s son Hezekiah became king, he did things differently. First thing he did was open the temple of God for worship. He began to teach the people to worship and call on God.

When the Assyrians began to attack him, Hezekiah thought his team could win. He was at least going to give them a fight.  He rebuild the walls around his city

I don’t know what your crisis is, or where the enemy may be about to attack you, but listen to this. Ahaz had no idea of what God could do because he spent his time doing what he thought was right and never got to know the one who controls it all.

Hezekiah spent time with God and knew that the God of his fathers could save him.  As a matter of fact, Hezekiah cried out to the Lord (2 Chron 32: 20) who sent an angel to annihilate all the fighting men and leaders of the Assyrian army.  Hezekiah never lifted a sword. But he was ready to do what God wanted.

Have you spent time with the one who has all the answers to your problems? Have you done the things God told you to do, even though they sound silly?  Imagine Hezekiah having his men building walls instead of preparing for battle. It might not have seen like the right thing to do at the time, but all God needed from Hezekiah was a wall to keep the Assyrians out. He did everything else.

 

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