The Assyrians hoards are at the gate and Hezekiah’s options are few. Should he fight, surrender, rely on Egypt’s promises of aid, or can God be relied upon to save his people? Hezekiah chooses wisely – and leaves us with lessons to learn for the the ordinary struggles of life and the days when we feel outnumbered and outgunned.
Self-reliant pride and arrogance abounds in all of us, but where we relegate God to a bystander in our lives, refusing to acknowledge his rightful Lordship, that pride leads to an eternal fall. BUT… Isaiah 35 gives a vision of the joy and the future for those who are redeemed. So we look closely at that vision and end with an antidote to arrogance that leads to everlasting joy.
Money may be funny in a rich man’s world but so often the love of money and wealth pulls us from God. Yet the LORD alone can provide us with deep and lasting peace, security, joy, rest and a place to call home. Realising this is a challenge to our pride in our wealth and to how we use our resources.