2 Kings 19: Give Ear, Lord, and Hear!

14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. -2 Kings 19:14-16

King Hezekiah faced the most difficult moment of his life. His enemies sent a letter declaring their intent to destroy his city. What could he do? He did not have the military might to confront his opponents, leaving him no hope for success. No hope but God.

He prayed before the Lord and begged him to respond. Did God hear? Yes. Did he reply? In power. At the end of the chapter we are told this about Hezekiah’s enemies:

35 That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.

37 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.

God intervened powerfully and clearly. He still does today. When we face impossible situations, he is there. Our challenge is to cry out to him, and him alone, for the strength to endure and to thrive through all of life’s challenges.

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1 Chronicles 20: Your Actions Impact Others

In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him. -1 Chronicles 20:6-7

When David killed Goliath as a young man, he had no idea the influence his faith would have for years to come. When the Israelites fought in Goliath’s hometown years later, David’s nephew Shimea stepped up to kill a large opponent who came against their army. Why? We are not given the details, but David’s earlier victory certainly provided some confidence for this later battle.

As I reflect on this chapter, one clear observation is that everything we do influences others. We often do not see this at the time, but how God works in our life touched the actions of those who go forth after us. Because of this, it should cause us to live intentionally, serving God with purpose in every moment of our lives. After all, David’s life impact a nation for generations. How could God use your life to impact others?

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2 Kings 3: Known for Following God

But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” -2 Kings 3:11

Elisha was known in 2 Kings 3 for one main thing–being a prophet of God. He was not known for his creativity, innovation, or celebrity status. He had nothing to offer except the One he served.

Despite only being know for following God, he was the one guy who had a voice before the kings of his time and was able to accurately advise them regarding the future.

Sound familiar?

God often uses those who follow him to influence national leaders. Joseph, Daniel, Elisha…what about you? The hardest part is the first step–being known for following God.

The rest is simply continuing to walk in this reality.

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