I am reminded of what Pastor Curt told us on Sunday, God’s Word – His truth – is something that we should treasure!  It is God’s love letter to us, His children.  Looking at the different passages in our One Year Bible reading for July 1, I was looking for nuggets from my treasure from my Father.
In 2 Kings 18:13-19:37, I found some treasure!  The people of Judah were in dire straits humanly speaking.  The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, had been conquering every nation he went against and now he was at Jerusalem’s gates.  Hezekiah could have given in to him and been conquered and probably tortured because that is what the Assyrians did to their captives.  Instead at two different times when he received insult and bad news from the Assyrians, he went into the Temple of the Lord and prayed.  He went to the only true God and King for refuge and counsel.  The Lord sent word to Hezekiah through Isaiah that He would not let them be conquered but, in fact, would destroy the army outside of Jerusalem.    And He did – the angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrians and the rest fled back to Assyria.  King Sennacherib was murdered by his own sons when he returned to Nineveh. 
First, when we are in hard/trying circumstances that don’t seem at all possible to make it through – go to the Lord in prayer and receive counsel and refuge from Him and Him alone. 
Second, King Hezekiah and the Lord both talked about the Lord receiving glory and honor through this situation.  When we go through these hard times, we should pray that the Lord would receive glory and honor through the circumstances and through the way we react and handle them. 
Third, we need to remember that the Lord is Sovereign!  In 2 Kings 19:25, the Lord says ‘It was I, the Lord, who decided this long ago.  Long ago I planned what I am now causing to happen …’  He is not surprised by anything and is in total control.  He was even in control of the King of Assyria conquering the other nations. 
May we bring Him glory through whatever The Sovereign Lord brings into our lives!

by Sue Lord

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