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Daily Devotionals

Day 2 – Issue 12

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Be Still Know

Isaiah 37:16 NLT

You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth. 

In reordering Judah’s worship life, Hezekiah might have thought that he would be feted by God. In removing the high places where idolatry had been practiced, he appeared to be the very epitome of the faithful servant God required. Yet, his reward, it seems, was a fatal illness. This illness came after Hezekiah’s prayers and appeal to Isaiah had seen God miraculously lift the Assyrian siege from before Jerusalem’s walls.

However, Hezekiah had adopted a policy of looking to God while organising a back-up plan in his own strength. He sought the military might of Egypt, with its cavalry and sleek fighting machine to bolster Israel’s somewhat cruder arsenal.

I have to confess to many Hezekiah moments, since faith in God is something I both believe in and practice. Yet, I also like to have a back-up plan just in case God doesn’t show or I am not too keen upon his option. Living today in an age of a multiplicity of choices, the attendant consumer mindset has created within me an expectation that even my spiritual walk is a bit of a ‘pick ’n’ mix’, and all of it to ensure my comfort and my security.

However, God’s economy is not based upon consumerism. He is the way, the truth and the life – and we are obediently to walk in it. Hezekiah’s double-dealing, from however good a heart, only postponed the collapse and exile of Judah by some 80 years.

I find great comfort in reflecting how God has sustained me in the past, and yet each new day presents a fresh challenge. We are in a school for learners with God as our mentor, and so each new challenge, however daunting, is both for our benefit and to reveal God’s grace to a watching, fractured world.

QUESTION: In what ways do you seek greater faith to trust in God’s provision?

PRAYER: High King of heaven, teach me to trust you in all things. 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved.

Written by: Matt Weet

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