Powered by 4 - January 28, 2016

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Today's reading: 2 Kings 20:1-11; 1 Peter 4:12-13

Around the same time as Hezekiah's altercation with Sennacherib, a time when Hezekiah is faithfully serving and following God, he becomes deathly ill. The message given to Hezekiah is that he is going to die and needs to prepare for that to happen.

This part of Hezekiah's life story is hard to understand because of the fact that Hezekiah has been so diligent in serving God. But when you think about it, this account depicts life pretty accurately. All of us will encounter trouble as we navigate life--even people who are good and godly. So I'm thankful for Hezekiah's example in this hard-hitting situation. When the bad news comes, Hezekiah's faith and trust in God remain strong. Rather than getting angry at God or pleading his case with an attitude that he should be entitled to live because of his godly life, what we see is a continued revering of God combined with submission to His will.

When you're serving God faithfully and trouble comes, how do you respond? What does Hezekiah show us about the power of prayer paired with a surrendered heart? Tami

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