Tag: faced impossible odds
Scripture reading for April 15: 2nd Kings 18-21
In 1980, my wife and I were caught in a financial crisis beyond our ability to handle or 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 repent and ask God for His mercy. Mary and I knelt by our bed and did just that 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 in a humbled posture to seek the help of God. As he prayed for help, God sent word by the prophet Isaiah that God would intervene and deliver them! (2nd Kings 19:6-7)
Hezekiah let his faith lead him to prayer. His prayer was a humble appeal to the Lord of Heaven. It was a confession of helplessness and need. God proved true to His own Word again! Solomon had prayed earlier at the dedication of the temple for people who were at war and would cry out to God that God would hear and answer! (1st Kings 8:44-45) Prayers said hundreds of years earlier are still being answered! God has a good memory!
What are you facing today that seems like a mountain? Go to God in prayer! Let your faith move you to prayer action. Go humbly if you need to confess how your own sinful actions led to the trouble. Go 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! Faith and prayer gives direction and patience!