Tuesday, October 17, 2017
I read today about a good King, Hezekiah, who was informed by a prophet of God that he would soon die. God told the prophet plainly to warn Hezekiah that he needed to get his house in order—-death would be soon.
Hezekiah was ill and turned his face to wall and “cried bitterly” and begged God for more time. Something noteworthy followed. God heard his prayer, saw his tears and changed His mind. Now I don’t say that to cause alarm or to suggest that we need to fear that God is capricious and that He might break His good promises to us in the future.
But I find it incredibly encouraging to know that He sees our tears, hears our prayers and is able to not only reconsider some negative consequuences in our lives, but also even altar the laws of physics to prove His love to us! (As a sign that God would give Hezekiah fifteen years to his life he caused the sun to stop and then go backwards ten steps—-or ten hours!)
Have I cried bitterly about things in my life? Have I sincerely sought God’s intervention and humbly admitted my total dependence upon Him for my deliverance? Hezekiah did and God delivered him from the Assyrian assault on Jerusalem, healed him of a deadly infection, added fifteen years to his life and and caused the earth to change its course for ten hours to prove the point!
Is anything to difficult for God? They why am I not laboring more at prayer and less at attempting to make things happen on my own?
What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge— Take it to the Lord in prayer;
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there.