2 Chronicles 32:20-33
Saturday, 29 October 2022
“So the LORD saved Hezekiah…….” -2 Chronicles 32:22
The reading portion today speaks to us of God’s dealing in man’s life! God revealed Himself to Moses in Exodus 34:6&7 “Then the LORD passed by in front of him (Moses) and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He by no means leave the guilty unpunished…” James 1:17 states that with God there is no variation or shifting shadow-which means He is constant and will not change His character!
Hezekiah had become the King of Judah, at the age of 25 (2Chr.29:1) and brought in a revival in Judah! He reinstated the worship in the Temple (Chap. 29 & 30); he removed all the idols from the land (Chap.31). But chapter 32 starts like this “After these acts of faithfulness Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah….” The enemy threatened attack, mocking him and the Lord he served. We see how the Lord Almighty intervened.
The fact that Hezekiah was instrumental in purging ungodliness and idolatry from his kingdom and turned the hearts of the people to Almighty God, was not a guarantee that no further attack would come. But our focus is to see how Hezekiah responded. Vs.20 says: “Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven.” The LORD intervened in the situation, routed the enemy and Sennacherib who had come against him was struck down in his own land.
In the most difficult and desperate of situations, a child of God can cry out to God who will help and deliver! We have numerous instances in God’s Word where His people called out to Him and He delivered them in the most difficult of circumstances! The people of God were delivered from the hands of Pharaoh when they cried out to Him. We see a desperate blind Bartimaeus on the road in Jericho crying out to Jesus: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47). And Jesus stopped in the midst of the multitude, heeded his cry and healed him of his blindness. The Gentile woman from Tyre and Sidon came to Jesus desperately crying out for help for her demon-possessed daughter (Matthew 15:21-28). Jesus honoured her faith and her daughter was healed.
We see how God intervened to help those who in faith cried out for His help! Psalm 107:6 says, “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.” If you are in any such state today, where you seem that none can help you, you feel your situation is too much to handle—cry out to the LORD! He can save! Christ Jesus is our present help-“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Heb.7:25)
The most insurmountable situation, is nothing before God, as He is Almighty and able to deliver! May you in faith call to Him!
Prayer: LORD Jesus, save and deliver me from my difficult situation as I cry out to You! May Your power work in my life to deliver, as I put my trust in You. Amen.