When God’s Word takes on it’s greatest relevance

We live in a very uncertain world. If you don’t believe this all you have to do is turn on the television and spend 30 minutes watching world news — covid-19, the global economy is in crisis, war always seems eminent in the Middle East, we are on the brink of a new cold war with Russia, and there have been hundreds of people brutally killed in the drug war that rages on our border with Mexico. It seems that shootings at schools in America are on the rise – while our politicians can’t seem to come to agreement over anything. I could go on and on, but I think you see where I am going with this…

We live in uncertain times, but we need to remember that the Bible was written (by and to) people who lived in uncertain times. Whether it was Moses leading the children of Israel out of slavery, or David facing Goliath or the great persecution that faced the early church as Christianity spread across the known world.

It is my observation that the Word of God takes on its greatest relevance during times of crisis, uncertainty, and turmoil. My point being that while life is uncertain, God is not!

As Christians, this truth should encompass every part of our lives — the truth that God is still in control should dictate how we speak, act, and live.

I want to show you this through the life of Hezekiah. You can find this story in Second Chronicles chapters 29 -31.

Let me give you a bit of back story. In 722 BC Assyria destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel and we never hear of the Northern Kingdom again. If we go back a few years to 715 BC we find that Hezekiah became the King of Judah (The Southern Kingdom) when he was 25 years old.

Hezekiah did not grow up in a religious home, but he married the daughter of the prophet Zechariah and his best friend was another prophet named Isaiah (I imagine that these relationships helped to give him the strong spiritual foundation that he had). At the time of his coronation, Israel had walked away from their covenant with God, they were worshipping false Gods, and the temple had literally been turned into a storage unit for the royal family. Because of these things, the nation of Israel was weak and splintered. In the chapters of 2 Chronicles listed above you will see that King Hezekiah made massive reforms and for 11 years He did everything within his power to restore righteousness in Israel.

After all of this work, we come to 2 Chronicles 32:1.  Suddenly, Sennacherib the King of Assyria raised his army and attacked Judah — he laid siege to the cities.

Here we have King Hezekiah living a righteous and Godly life, bringing about a massive revival in the nation and trouble still comes?

It is at times like this that most people lose their confidence and start questioning God — saying “Why Lord? I was doing everything right, but you still allowed this to happen?”

I believe that King Hezekiah had a tremendous understanding of the fact that while life and its circumstances may be uncertain, that God is not! The moment he learns of the coming attack, King Hezekiah immediately sets his faith in motion. He orders that that any weak areas of the walls be repaired, He constructs another wall outside that one, and reinforced the city of Jerusalem. He also sets the skilled workers to making additional weapons and shields.

The next thing he did was to block off all of the remote and distant springs/wells so that the enemy would not have access to anything that would strengthen them. Long story short, he fixed that which was broken, strengthened all that was weak, and put his house in order. He refused to give the enemy a foot-hold in Judah.

Listen closely to what I am about to say, because I believe that this is prophetic for your life: When the enemy attacks, you need to determine that you will not give him any room to undermine or steal your God-given destiny.

Look at what King Hezekiah did — After setting all this in motion, King Hezekiah boldly addressed the nation saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” — 2 Chronicles 32:6-8

When the enemy attacks, you have to choose to strengthen your life, to speak words of faith, to walk in absolute assurance of God’s faithfulness, and you have to look closely at your life and determine if there are things that will empower the enemy against you. You must do what king Hezekiah did…

  1. Block off anything that could strengthen the enemy.

(Attitudes, habits, relationships)

  1. Reinforce areas in your life that are weak.

(Are there areas in your life that you know are “ok” presently, but if the enemy focused an attack in their direction that they would fall?)

  1. Repair what is broken.

(Is there an area of your life that demands urgent attention, deep prayer, seasons of fasting, or the renewing of your mind?)

According to the book of Hebrews we are commanded to live a life of faith, trust and endurance. We are exhorted to stand strong through Jesus Christ.

“Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God…But the just shall live by faith and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him. But our way is not of those who draw back…and are destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul.” — Hebrews 10:35-38