Powered by 4 - January 21, 2016

 

Not Exempt
 
Today's reading: 2 Chronicles 32:1-8
 
In the fourteenth year of Hezekiah’s reign, the king of Assyria invades Judah, and Hezekiah and the people find themselves in the middle of a very dangerous situation. The interaction between Sennacherib and Hezekiah is one of my favorite Old Testament stories, and I’ve read it many times. But today as I read, God impressed on my heart something I’d never noticed before right in the first verse of 2 Chronicles 38.
 
“After these things and these acts of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah . . .”
 
This statement hit me like a ton of bricks! Even though Hezekiah had been faithfully following God and shepherding the people to do the same, he wasn’t exempted from experiencing great difficulty. Now, I absolutely know this because there are many scriptures that either tell or show us that we should expect hardship. Yet when difficulties come my way, all too often I allow myself to have a pity party of sorts, where my mindset is one of “Why is this happening to me?” And even my prayers take on a whiney tone. So I am thankful that God highlighted 2 Chronicles 38:1 for me this morning, and for how that one short phrase served to refocus my thinking and remind me that God is in control and has me and my circumstances right in the palm of His hand. Thank you, God!
 
What did God impress on your heart about encountering difficulty and trusting in Him from this passage? Tami

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