2 Chronicles 31 & 32: Our God To Help Us
Verse of the Day: (32:8) With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
1. Heart (31:1-21)
And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered. (31:21)
God’s richest blessings can only come from our complete obedience to Him. God blessed Judah as King Hezekiah led them in spiritual revival and reformation as they removed their false idols, sanctified themselves, offered their sacrifices, firstfruits and tithes, and worshipped God in truth and spirit with all their hearts. Indeed, whatsoever we do, let us do it heartily for God, as only He deserves our praise and worship. (Colossians 3:23-25)
2. Help (32:1-23)
And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven. (32:20)
God does not promise us sky always blue, as there will be storms in our lives. King Sennacherib of Assyria and his mighty army came and besieged Judah, just when everything went well in Hezekiah’s reign. However, Hezekiah was well prepared as he commanded his captains and soldiers to dry up all wells, repair and build the walls, make weapons and shields, and rally them to be strong and courageous as God was with them to help them prevail against their enemies. Sennacherib then sent his representatives to intimidate and demoralise Judah by telling them that the mighty Assyrians had never once lost a battle, and that they should surrender to them to avoid bloodshed. Hezekiah and Prophet Isaiah then prayed and cried to God. God immediately sent His angel to destroy the Assyrian captains and their warriors, and thus saved Judah. Sennacherib then retreated to the house of his god, and was tragically murdered by his own sons. Indeed, let us pray to our God, as only He alone shall help us in all our needs. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
3. Humility (32:24-33)
Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah. (32:26)
At his old age, Hezekiah was dying from his illness, and God healed him when he prayed. However, he soon became proud, and God’s wrath was upon him. He then humbled himself, and once again, God’s blessings were upon him. Indeed, God shall bless us, as we humble ourselves before Him, and serve Him with all our hearts. (Matthew 23:1-12)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You always help me when I pray and call upon You.