Tag: confess helplessness and need
Scripture reading for April 15th: 2nd Kings 18-21
In 1980, my wife and I were caught in a financial crisis beyond our ability to fix. We had borrowed money to buy land and equipment and build our farming business and now the interest rates had more than doubled. Many neighbors had lost farms to the banks and creditors because they were unable to pay and our situation looked bad. We had rededicated our lives to the Lord just a few years earlier and as we studied the Word of God, we knew we needed to humble ourselves and ask God for His mercy. Mary and I knelt by our bed in an act of faith and desperation.
Hezekiah, one of the kings of Judah, was a man of faith. Scripture says that he “held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow Him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.” (2nd Kings 18:5-6) Because he trusted the Lord, the Lord was with him and he was successful in all he did. One of his first moves was to destroy the bronze snake that Moses had built to stop the plague of serpents in the desert. God’s people had made an idol of it and were burning incense to it! (2nd Kings 18:4)
Hezekiah was tested by the Assyrians. He rebelled against the king of Assyria, the military power of that day, and would not serve him. Assyria captured Samaria and Israel (the ten tribes) in Hezekiah’s sixth year. In Hezekiah’s fourteenth year, Sennacherib, king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. (2nd Kings 18:13) Hezekiah tried to buy off the king of Assyria with gold from the temple, but a large army showed up surrounding Jerusalem. Hezekiah was told of this situation and he immediately went to the temple to seek the help of God. As he prayed for help, God sent word by the prophet Isaiah that God would deliver them! (2nd Kings 19:6-7)
What are you facing today that seems like a mountain? Go to God in prayer! Go humbly expecting God to hear and answer you! The answer is already on the way! By the way, eight years after we prayed, my wife and I were debt-free!