After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it,
he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord.
New Year – Same God
Isaiah 37:14 is a great verse to learn from and apply to our lives. What do you do when you get bad news, an insurmountable bill in the mail, an unexpected diagnosis, a disturbing text, etc.? Do you take it and spread it out before the Lord in prayer?
Hezekiah received terrifying news that King Sennacherib of Assyria threatened to attack his land and people. What was his response? Who was his source of help? He went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord. Verse 37:15 tells us Hezekiah prayed before the Lord. If you doubt that the Lord hears your prayers, look at what the second half of this chapter says. Hezekiah prayed about King Sennacherib of Assyria; the Lord heard his prayer. Chapter 37 is titled Hezekiah Seeks the Lord’s Help.
If there was a chapter in a book someone was reading about you when you received some disturbing news, would they insert your name in that title? (I am asking myself this very question)
Take It to the Lord in Prayer is one of my favorite gospel songs; it soothes my soul each time I hear it. This song points me back to whom I should seek help. Listen to this verse: When we’re weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care, We should never be discouraged, When we take it to the Lord in prayer. Whatever you are carrying today, take it to the Lord in prayer. He cares for you and hears your prayer.
It’s a new year, but He’s the Same God of Hezekiah and you.