In the trials of life, our faith shows its true colors
When you face trials, suffering, illnesses, problems in your marriage or with children, do you turn away from God? Do you blame Him? What about when you are guilty of sin? Does the shame of letting God down make you hide from Him like Adam and Eve did? What about now with the pandemic Coronavirus? Do you panic or lean on God and trust Him? It is when the trials of life come that our faith shows its true colors. In the trials is when we need to hang on to God and don’t let go.
Israel did not hang on to God
Israel’s greatest and most repetitive sin was turning away from God and towards idolatry. God expects us to serve Him alone. We should refuse anything that lures us away from God. In fact, we should cling to Him – hold fast – not ever let Him go. But what does it mean to “cling to God?”
Hezekiah knew to hang on to God he had to hold fast to God’s commandments
In 2 Kings 18:5-6, we find that Hezekiah “trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord: he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses.” Clinging to God, means clinging to His commandments, even in a world where they want to toss those commandments out the window and live however they want. Clinging to God means trusting Him – even when you’re not sure of what God is up to and when you can’t see how He is working in your life. Clinging to God means you never stop following Him even if you’re the only one walking in His footsteps.
Because Hezekiah was faithful to hang on to God, the Lord was with him
Because Hezekiah clung to God, verse 7 tells us that “The Lord was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.” Clinging to God isn’t always easy. Sometimes it calls for us to stand up against the norm to do what God says – even if it seems crazy at the time, like building an ark no where near water when you don’t even have an idea of what rain is. Sometimes, clinging to God is going where He sends you even if you have no idea where “where” is but it means leaving everything and everyone behind to go there.
Do you hang on to God in difficult times?
So what do you do in the trails, difficult times? What do you do when you’re guilty of sin? What do you do when God calls you to stand up for Him, even when it means standing up against the world? Do you run into His embrace and cling to Him, willing to follow Him no matter the cost? If not, then consider if you are like Israel and creating idols by putting something before God.
God, may we cling to you every moment of every day. May we boldly stand up for you, proclaim your holy name and follow your commands, even in a world that would quickly and easily toss You aside.
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Let’s start a pandemic of blessings by praying a blessing over everyone you meet. Our “Blessings” design is meant to do just that. We’ve created this design in four different choices.
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God instructed the Israelite priests to pray the prayer of blessing every day over the people. The prayer is found in Numbers 6:24-26. Hang the canvass in your home or carry the mug, tote bag, or water bottle and let the prayer of blessing impact all those who you meet throughout the day.
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