Bible in 365: Day 208
2 Kings 18:9-19:37; Psalm 46/80/135
What is your initial response when you get bad news?
Do you call your mom or best friend to talk about it? Do you isolate yourself and cry? Think about how you responded the last time you received really awful news.
Now, let’s look at what King Hezekiah did when he received bad news. First remember that King Hezekiah had already stripped the temple of gold to “pay off” the king of Assyria so he would leave them alone. Even after he did that, he receives news that the king of Assyria is basically taunting his people and telling them that Assyria is going to conquer Judah.
“When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the Lord.” (2 Kings 19:1) His first response was to mourn but to do it in the presence of God. He prayed!
Later, we find out he receives more taunting from the king of Assyria (in the form of a letter). “Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord…” (2 Kings 19:14-15) So, upon receiving more bad news, what does Hezekiah do? He prays! He talks directly to God. He explains the situation and asks God to be merciful.
So, the next time you are faced with bad news, what are you going to do? If you said, “Pray,” then you get a gold star for the right answer. Just remember that it is one thing to know what to do and it is a completely different thing to actually put it into practice. Try to put it into practice.
And a little reminder from the Psalms: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3)