Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Faith of Hezekiah

1After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.
2And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem,
3He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him.
4So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?
5Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance.
6And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
7Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:
8With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

2 Chronicles 32:1-8, King James Version

As we look at the faith of Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 32, notice that Hezekiah didn't just sit down and wait for God to deliver Judah from the Assyrians. Sometimes we get the wrong idea that Christians don't need to do anything but wait for God to answer their prayers.

Hezekiah, King of Judah, had a dilema; the king of Syria came into Judah and camped against the cities of Judah, hoping to win them for himself. Have you ever heard the phrase, "God helps those who help themselves"? The first thing Hezekiah did was to meet with his advisers and assess the resources they had on hand. Then, the people of Judah strengthened the walls and made whatever preparations for war they needed to make.

When everything was done, Hezekiah gathered the army and all of the people and spoke these words to them:

Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:

With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

What an amazing king! What was the rest of the story? Verses 21 and 22 of 2 Chronicles 32 tell us,

And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.

Thus the LORD saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other, and guided them on every side.

The Christian life is an active and busy life; though works do not save us, God has put each of us here on earth to fulfill a purpose for Him. Pray to God and ask Him to show you the purpose He has for you - THEN you can pray and wait upon the Lord to come to your aid. Obedience to God truly brings peace and joy.

God Bless You,
Linda

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