Consumed with Self

Today’s Reading – Isaiah 39-40

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: ‘The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. ‘Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king.’” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the Lord is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.” (Isaiah 39:5-8 NLT)

These verses have always bothered me. Hezekiah was oone of my favorite Bible characters. He was a good king among so many who were bad. Yet at the end he blow it. He is only worried about his reign at the end. He didn’t feel sorry for the destruction that was coming for the next generation because of his mistake. What would have happened if he had repented or asked for forgiveness for this mistake? God’s judgment was certainly coming anyway but could Hezekiah have been an example of repentance and confession? Chapter 40 gives us a contrast of the coming Messiah. Those verses remind us that the Word of God stands forever. We need to put our trust in that and not in people.

Application to me – I often look to people as examples of faithfulness instead of God. I am reminded today that people always disappoint because we are all sinful. But God never disappoints us. He is always faithful.

Warren Weeks – August 27, 2013

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