Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Isaiah 37:21-22a Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to Me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him ...
The city of Jerusalem is once again under threat. Sennacherib has sent a lettrer to King Hezekiah, in which he claims that none of the gods of the nations could stand against him, that the God of Israel will be no different. Instead of replying or going into panic mode, Hezekiah takes the letter into the Temple, spreads it out before the Lord and says, "Do you see what he is saying? What do I do?" And the Lord's response is that because Hezekiah asked Him, rather than running to Egypt or any other nation for help, He will take care of it; Jerusalem and the kingdom of Judah will be safe.
Where do we first turn when trouble hits? Do we go first to our God or do we turn to friends, family, trusted counsellors, our house-group leader or even the minister? The principle is clear: always go to God first and then follow up with seeking proper advice and counsel as necessary, but take the matter to Him first. By so doing, we declare that we consider Him the first source of wisdom and help in whatever the trouble may be. Because we give Him first place, He responds in the same way.