King Hezekiah had received bad news.
The King of Assyria was threatening to take over. His army was more mighty. His men more vicious. His messengers stood upon the walls shouting threats; blaspheming the very God whom Hezekiah and the people worshipped.
But the Lord had told them not to fear, not to be afraid.
The Lord had told them not to speak words of worry or doubt.
So even when King Hezekiah received a letter filled with more words of bad news, He took it to the temple, spread it before the Lord and prayed.
Lord of Hosts, God of Israel,
who is enthroned above the cherubim,
You are God... You alone...
of all the kingdoms of the earth.
You made the heavens and the earth.
Listen closely, Lord, and hear;
open Your eyes, Lord, and see.
Hear all the words that Sennacherib
has sent to mock the living God.
Now, Lord our God,
save us from his power
so that all the kingdoms of the earth
may know that You are the Lord...
Isaiah 37:16-17, 20
Hezekiah prayed an honest prayer.
He acknowledged who God was
and that His power is above all men.
Hezekiah admitted he alone
was powerless to defeat this problem.
Then he asked God to save him
so that... all would know
that He is Lord of all.
What a wonderful example Hezekiah has given us.
How grateful I am that I'm not facing the threats of a king to takeover my life. But oftentimes I do feel threatened by some problem or circumstance that causes me to lose my confidence, that distracts me from all else.
But now, we too can have this plan.
Now, we too can take our bad news to the right source.
For He already knows the words which have been spoken to us. He has already seen those written or stirring within us. And even better yet, He already has our solution worked out; our enemy subdued. This is the confidence we can have... that our God is ready to listen when we bow before Him in prayer. For He is Our Bad News Handler!
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