Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
2 Kings 20:19 - "At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime."
Read - 2 Kings 20:12-21, Isaiah 38:1-8, 2 Chronicles 32:32-33
Hezekiah was to be a protector of the people. He had been a man of faith and of prayer during the Assyrian’s invasion of Judah and he had seen God save them in power. Now he lets the next ‘big kid on the block’ come and basically take pictures of all the things they would like to take over someday. Rather than be concerned when Isaiah explains his folly, he shows relief that it won’t hurt him while he is alive. Making decisions that hurt others is never good. Making decisions that seem comfortable today but incur debts upon our grandchildren is not good stewardship. Are there parts of your life that need a dose of wise decision making?
Lord, I will commit to a ‘longer view’ with my decision making.
Hezekiah’s son was not a ‘chip off the old block’:
The Babylonians were not yet fully known as an enemy when they came bearing gifts. They play the part in this story of the Misleading of the Enemy. Bearing a gift that would seem sweet and thoughtful, they brought in spies to find weaknesses and accountants to take inventory of the things they could conquer and plunder. Our enemy calculates often as to how he can plunder the life of the Christian and sometimes we don’t put up much of a fight. What type of fight is needed? Read Ephesians 6 and suit up!