#275 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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2 Chronicles 32:9 After this Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem while he was besieging Lachish with all his forces with him, against Hezekiah king of Judah and against all Judah who were at Jerusalem, saying, 10 “Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria, ‘On what are you trusting that you are remaining in Jerusalem under siege? 11 Is not Hezekiah misleading you to give yourselves over to die by hunger and by thirst, saying, “The Lord our God will deliver us from the hand of the king of Assyria”?
You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “bully pulpit”. We live, unfortunately, in a time when any fool seems to be able to stick his face in front of a camera and hurl invective at someone or a group of someones. We have seen this in election cycle after election cycle. The tone of “conversation” has turned so ugly that a lot of folks I know have checked out altogether. Several years ago a representative to congress from Upstate New York appealed for civility in the presentiment of discussion over issues. I doubt if today’s politicos could even define the word.
Threats and intimidation are not new. King Hezekiah, while not a perfect man, did love the Lord and did what he had the ability to do as king to restore a right sense of worship in Judah. Sennacherib attempted to intimidate the people by having one of his lackeys stand outside the walls of the city and shout threats all day long.
Have you ever felt besieged, crippled by doubt? Have you ever felt intimidated by perhaps even your own negative thoughts about your circumstances? We should recognize the source of such things. Satan would have us to be confused, doubting, wondering, anything that would distract us from what we know to be true. Remember his first interaction with God’s human creatures his first question? “Did God really say…?” ( Genesis 3:1)
Our answer to this should be: “Yes, absolutely. He said it. I believe it. That’s enough for me!” (LML)