Pastor Mike's thoughts

Thoughts on today's Christian world and how it fits into secular society.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Overcoming All Odds

Isaiah 37:21 ..."Because you have prayed to Me...."

Have you ever had your back against the wall so bad that if something didn't happen to change your situation, you were sunk? King Hezekiah was one of Israel's greatest godly kings. One of the greatest challenges to his reign came when the king of Assyria threatened to attack Israel and wipe them out. The Assyrians were the local bullies of the region and had wiped out all other enemies in their region.

They laughed at the idea of having a God who could save them.

Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you. He can’t deliver you! Don’t let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, "The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria" (Isaiah 36:14b-15).

The marketplace is full of "Assyrian kings" who laugh at the idea of a God who delivers. Without God's help, Israel wouldn’t have overcome. Their backs were against the wall. They’d be destroyed.

King Hezekiah saved Israel because of one act. He prayed; and because he prayed, God moved on his behalf. In fact, God moved so powerfully that Hezekiah didn’t even have to fight the battle.

Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning-there were all the dead bodies! (Isaiah 37:36)

The king of Assyria was even murdered by his own sons. Imagine seeing your enemy totally destroyed without one hand raised in battle!

God wants to act on behalf of His followers if they will call on Him. One of the motives Hezekiah had in seeking God's help was "so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God" (Is. 37:20). This is what happened. God was glorified.

God wants to let you know that God is a living God. He can deliver. Look for Him today for the crisis in your life. Keep your motive pure and God will surely answer.

Praying for the impossible
Pastor Mike

Trouble at Home?

As he was standing in line at the grocery store checkout counter, a friend of John's noticed he was purchasing a dozen roses and a card.
"You in trouble with Jill?" the friend asked John.
"Nope!" was John's reply. "Preventive maintenance."


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home