These Godly people who face earthly challenges are in every congregation.
Reference: “Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.” 2 Kings 19:19 NIV
Explore: You all know that person, in fact you might be them. They are the really good, helpful, loving Christians who always seem to have troubles to face.
The dedicated elder whose teenager goes AWOL. The Sunday school teacher whose partner leaves. The founding member who gets terminal cancer.
These Godly people who face earthly challenges are in every congregation. These situations test their faith as well as the faith of the whole community.
Application: We often think that when we start to follow God everything will work out perfectly. Well, King Hezekiah would have something to say about that.
After years and years and generation after generation of kings who did not seek God, we finally strike gold with Hezekiah. He was faithful and loyal and genuine in his trust in the One True God.
But disaster struck when a great and powerful army challenged him. He knew he was outnumbered and he feared the threats being thrown at him.
So, what did he do? He prayed. Read about it in 2 Kings 19. An honest, heartfelt prayer where he pleaded with God to intervene.
And boy did God intervene!
How do you respond when crisis hits? Do you retreat from God or submit to God? Our response could make all the difference.
Prayer: Lord, we can’t always understand why bad things happen to good people. But in all our situations may we always hold tightly to the hope we have in You. Amen.
How do you respond when a crisis hits?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.