“And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou… “(2 Kings 18:14)”
We talk about faith when you are up on the mountain, Talk comes so easy when life’s atvits best But down in the valley of trials and temptations That’s where your faith is really put to the test.
These lines from the song, God of The Mountain” clearly describe the faith of many of us. When things are going on well with us, it appears our faith is strong. But when we come face to face with the fiece and boisterous stomdkf life, that is when our faith is really put to test.
That was the case f king Hezekiah herevin our text. His faith and courage disappeared as he was confronted with military mighty of the king of Assyria. He had previously revolted against the Assyrian king, but now had to plead for mercy and forgiveness, pledging to pay whatever tribute levied on him.
While Hezekiah’s action on the one hand may be viewed as an act of fear and cowardice, it actually appeared the best option open to him at that time to avert heavy defeat. Why didn’t he call upon God in prayer like had to do later?
Fear paralyses faith making us to seak for carnal alternatives to solve our problems. The moment we decidefto pay attention to the threats and the size of the enemy instead of focusing ib the omnipotence of God and His never-failing promises, we become weak in faith. We need to work on our faith and always put it to work when faced with challenges. Later on in the life king of Assyria, he renewed his faith and decided to pray when the king that prayer, God sent Sennacherib back to his country where he was killed. So, when next you are confronted with a challenge that seems to swallow you up, face it with faith and you will be sure to win.
THOUGHT FOR THR DAY
Unrelenting faith in God is the midwife of intending victories.