The Courage of Seeking God First


What enemies or obstacles are threatening you today? Is there a Goliath taunting you? If you have not established a life of wholehearted devotion to God, you will have a difficult time relying on him. Will you seek God first today before you face your trouble?

6 [Hezekiah] appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: 7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

16 Sennacherib’s officers spoke further against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah. 17 The king also wrote letters ridiculing the Lord, the God of Israel, and saying this against him: “Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people from my hand.” 18 Then they called out in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to terrify them and make them afraid in order to capture the city.

20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace.
2Chronicles 32:6-8, 16-18, 20-21

Hezekiah knew the difference between human power and spiritual power. He knew that the battle against the Assyrian threat was not a battle against flesh and blood, but rather was a battle against spiritual forces. Sennacherib was convinced that all this talk about gods was meaningless. No god had stopped him so far and the god of Israel wouldn’t be the first… Sennacherib was deceived by evil spiritual forces who played upon his pride.

King Hezekiah’s confidence was in the Lord. He encouraged the people of God to be strong and courageous because of the Lord’s strength within them. It was game day. Good thing they were ready.

Notice that even though this story is about a threat from another nation, Judah’s reliance on God started in previous chapters with the destruction of idols within their cities, the restoration of the Passover, and restoration of tithing. As Judah restored worship and a right relationship with Almighty God, they rightly had confidence and courage to face their enemies.

What enemies or obstacles are threatening you today? Is there a Goliath taunting you?

If you have not established a life of wholehearted devotion to God, you will have a difficult time relying on him and his strength. You will be trying to chart your course based on human wisdom and strength. Good luck with that.

When Jesus taught in Matthew 6 about the Lord caring for us more than the birds and the flowers in the fields, he challenged us to seek God and his kingdom first (Matthew 6:33). Everything we need will be provided, yet we must seek God first. That’s what Hezekiah and his people did.

Will you seek God first, before dealing with the enemies and obstacles in our life?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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