Thursday, July 13, 2017

DAILY DEVO...intimidation doesn't scare God

There use to be a day that intimidation bothered me. But now that I'm older (and not just in age), but wiser in the Lord, there isn't much that I bow to due to intimidation. 

Don't get me wrong, it still bothers me when I see people, (especially Christians), using intimidation to manipulate things. 

Instead of worrying about it though, I just turn it over to God and let Him handle things. 

Isn't that what Hezekiah did?

In today's Scripture reading we find Hezekiah responding to a letter he just received from Sennacherib; a letter that criticizes the Lord. 

Hezekiah found himself to be in a tight spot. City after city had fallen to Sennacherib and seemingly, it was all Hezekiah's fault. 

As the king, he was responsible for leading his people down the wrong path that led to rebellion. How would he make this right?

With letter in hand, Hezekiah went up to the temple of the Lord...

(2 Kings 19:14) "Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord."

I would say that this was Hezekiah's finest moment in leadership, after making a mess of things, he sought the counsel of the Lord. Hezekiah did not let the intimidation of what others thought to override what God thought. 

There's so much we can learn from this story. Maybe you have received a letter that has left you in a panic or you are being intimidated by someone to do something you shouldn't; I encourage you to do what Hezekiah did and go to Lord and spread it all out before Him. 

What He thinks of the situation is far more important than anyone else. 


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Kings 19:8-20:21, Acts 10:17-33, Psalm 104:10-23 

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