We live in a very uncertain world. If you don’t believe this all you have to do is turn on the television and spend 30 minutes watching world news — the U.S economy is in crisis, violence in our cities is out of control, war always seems eminent in the Middle East, we are on the brink of a new cold war with Russia, and there are literally millions of people who have crossed our Southern Border illegally. It seems that shootings at schools and public places in America are on the rise – AND our political landscape is completely polarized.
I could go on, but I think you see where I am going with this…
There is no doubt that we are living in uncertain times, but we need to remember that the Bible was written (by and to) people who lived in uncertain times. Whether it was Moses leading the children of Israel out of slavery, or David facing Goliath, or the intense persecution that faced the early church as Christianity spread during the first century.
However, I’ve seen that the Word of God takes on its greatest relevance during times of crisis, uncertainty, and turmoil. My point being that while life is uncertain, God is not - and as Christians, this perspective should ground our lives – in the knowledge that God is still in control, and it should dictate how we speak, act, and live.
Let me show you this from the life of Hezekiah – you can read the story for your self in 2 Chronicles 29-31.
Let me give you some context…
In 722 BC, shortly after the death of King Solomon, Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom, and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Seven years earlier, a 25-year-old Hezekiah became the king of Judah.
AND while Hezekiah didn’t grow up with strong spiritual convictions, he married the daughter of the prophet Zechariah, and his best friend happened to be the prophet, Isaiah.
Well, at the time that he came to the throne of Judah, Israel had become apostate and were completely engrossed in worshipping the false gods of the pagan nations around them, and the Temple of Solomon had been turned into a storage unit for the royal family. BUT if you read the story from our text above, you’ll find that Hezekiah spent more than a decade working to bring about repentance and spiritual reformation in Israel.
BUT by the time we come to 2 Chronicles 32, Sennacherib, the King of Assyria had turned his sights towards the Southern Kingdom of Judah, and he raised a massive army to lay siege to its cities.
Yet, here is Hezekiah living a righteous life and doing everything possible to bring about revival, and then this happens?
My point being, that in times like this, it’s easy to lose your faith perspective and allow a spirit of fear to take root in your life and begin to call the shots.
Amazingly, Hezekiah understood that while life and its circumstances can be uncertain – that God is not! AND the moment that learns that the King of Assyria is planning to attack, he steps out in incredible faith by ordering that the walls of Jerusalem were to be inspected and any weak areas repaired, and he fortified the entire city. Then, knowing that the Assyrian army would have to cross large desert areas, he blocked off all the remote springs and wells throughout the region – so that the enemy would have no access to them, and no place to find water.
To make a long story short, Hezekiah fixed what was broken and strengthened what was weak – because he refused to give the enemy a foothold into his kingdom.
Listen closely to what I am about to say, because I believe that this is incredibly relevant for our times: there is no doubt that as believers we are on the front lines of a political and cultural war that is attacking the very foundation of anything that resembles conservative or Biblical values, literally calling good, evil – and evil, good.
AND it seems that in this demonic war, there is nothing that is off the table – the very definitions of right and wrong – moral and immoral – just and unjust – are under attack in both a civil way and ideologically.
Look at what King Hezekiah did — After setting all this in motion, King Hezekiah boldly addressed the nation saying, “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. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” — 2 Chronicles 32:6-8
When the enemy attacks, you must strengthen your life, speak words of faith, walk in absolute assurance of God’s faithfulness, AND you have to look closely at your life and determine if there are things that will empower the enemy against you.
See, just like Hezekiah there will be times when standing for what is righteous and serving God will require tremendous courage.
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