Friday, February 18, 2011

Have you ever felt hopeless? The people of Jerusalem felt hopeless. The king of Assyria had conquered the northern kingdom of Israel and now his army surrounded Jerusalem. Hezekiah is the king of the southern kingdom of Judah and things seem hopeless.

We see Hezekiah's reaction to these hopeless events. He calls on the Lord. Then the prophet Isaiah gives him hope from the Lord. The army of Assyria is humbled. One hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp are destroyed. The king of Assyria is killed by his sons. Judah is once again saved because of a faithful God.

Then Hezekiah is told some time later that he is going to die from his illness. Once again there is hopelessness for Hezekiah. What does he do? He calls on the Lord. Once again the prophet Isaiah comes to him first with the bad news and then with the good news that he will live because of his prayer and tears.

When you feel hopeless, what do you do? Do you call on the Lord? Hezekiah did.

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