2 Kings 19:14, ‘ Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.’
All Glory to God!
Wow, I am just excited to see the response of King Hezekiah. He did not receive an invitation letter. In fact he had received a threatening mail and after reading it, he did not respond by calling his mighty army and wise men of the palace. Instead he spread it before the LORD. Isn’t it amazing ? You must understand one thing. During the times of King Hezekiah, there was no such revival meetings, bible studies or high class choirs to encourage him to spread his problem before the Lord. I always think that we are so privileged to have so many sources to hear the word, like good preachers, books, bible studies etc. All these are given to us to encourage us in the Lord, but sometimes we take them for granted. Hezekiah knew where he must spread his problem. Even now, some of us do not know where exactly we should submit our problems ! We like to spread our problems before our close friend or relatives who promises to keep it confidential. And sooner or later, we feel being cheated and comprehend the mistake! Why don’t you submit your petition to the Lord initially? Long back, my sister send me one text message which touched me, “When people hurt you or you feel offended by others, tell God, not gossipers. Take it to the throne, not the phone. God reduces the hurt while people reinforces it”. Isn’t that true? Your best friend cannot be trusted. Make it a point; neither can your prayer partner of your church . It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man! The two things about King Hezekiah that touched my heart is that as soon as he received the threatening letter and read it :
First, he went up to the temple of God. The presence of God is in the temple, and the Lord sits in the mercy throne. So, the King Hezekiah brought his problem to the presence of God. And when he brought the problem to the presence of God, he got this reply. 2 Kings 19:33 -34 “Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.” Amen! I am encouraged by this and I have decided that I will take every issue that pulls me back to the throne and not to the phone. I will not go before any men, but I will walk towards the presence of God.…because there is fullness of joy in HIS presence, there is healing and peace in HIS presence and there is solution for every questions in HIS presence. Disciples of Jesus once were in fear and so they locked their doors and sat inside the house. But Jesus came and stood in midst of them and said “Peace “and there was a great peace among them. When the wind and waves hit the boat, Jesus said “Peace and be still” and there was a great calm in the sea. You may be going through a lot of stuffs right now and it doesn’t matter how big your problem is, if you choose to come into the presence of God. If you come to HIS gates with thanksgiving and to HIS courts with praise, surely you will be a different man and woman after that. I have come across many brethren in our church who come and sit with sad faces and lot of burdens on them…But when the sweet presence of God touches them, they are no more the same. They go with HIS presence. Jesus said “without me ye can do nothing”. Let us take our petition to HIS presence.
Second, he spread it out before the Lord. The only reason behind that is, our Lord can read the threatening mail very well, even better than King Hezekiah. Yes! When you face threatening mails, phone calls and situations, better spread it before the Lord, because He can read it better than you. When the Lord read that letter, He did not command Michael, the arch angel or Gabriel to solve the problem . He sent one angel who when stepped in the Assyrian camp, smote hundred and eighty five thousand men (1, 85000) wow! God solved 1, 85000 problems in one night. Is there anyone who has a hundred and eighty five thousand problems? Do you think that God did not know that there is a red sea in your way ?? Yes! He knew it very well! So if He knew that there is a red sea, He also knows the concrete way in the red sea! Peter toiled whole night and caught nothing. Did Jesus tell him to toil one more night? No! HE said to cast the net deep and when Peter did that, he caught many fishes. God can turn your situation around in one night!
Even our hairs are numbered. The smallest thing of our life is numbered, and God knows who you are and what you are into! God knows how to divide that red sea in front of you. When God commanded the wind to blow over the sea, the waters which was a stumbling block for the children of God, moved back and there was concrete road in the midst. He will command the wind to blow over your situations that is not allowing you to move forward, and then you will see the road… God will enable you and strengthen you to walk on the thing which did not allowed you to walk initially!! Amen!
May God bless you with this !