by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: Isaiah 37:1-38:22; Proverbs 23:24
READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Isaiah 37:1 “As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD.”
Isaiah 37:1 records one of the many instances where King Hezekiah sought help from God when he faced challenges. Not only that, he mourned and got upset over Assyria’s insults towards the Almighty; all because his loyalty and love was for Yahweh. At the end of his reign, Hezekiah was considered to be one of Judah’s most prominent and faithful Kings. Hezekiah was able to overcome many challenges in his personal life and reign of Judah because he knew whom to seek.
Do we know who to seek when we face emotional or spiritual challenges? Do we seek our own strength in trying to solve the problem? Do we seek distractions from ungodly means in order to “tide over” the pain of such challenges? Do we even go to charlatans who speak easy believism so as to sooth the pain in our souls?
All these are temporal measures at best, destructive forces at worst. As King Hezekiah had demonstrated, the best way is to seek the Lord and meet the challenges head on. This could come in the way of talking to a fellow brother or sister in Christ whom we can trust to give wise counsel; going to the Lord in solitude and prayer; and abiding in His Word.
Lord, may you give us grace to cultivate the good way of seeking after You in the “big” and “small” things that are happening in our lives; this is so we can increasingly learn to converse and rely on You. Amen.