November 18, 2015


2 Kings 19:19 “Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God.”

I am impressed with Hezekiah’s recorded prayers. They are logical and also humble, expressing faith and trust. The threats from Assyria were accurate enough. They had indeed conquered nation after nation, destroying their idols, and from their standpoint, how were Judah and Yahweh any different? That was exactly the point of Hezekiah’s prayer here: show ’em, Lord! And God indeed rescued Judah at this point. However, Hezekiah was later naive enough to show all his treasure off to envoys from Babylon, (2 Kings 20:12-19) and his successors to the throne were unfaithful to God, so Judah did eventually go into exile, but it was certainly not as any of the “political pundits” of the day might have predicted. We hear a lot on the news, and most of it is not good, but the vast majority of those reporting it ignore the fact that God is still God, and His power is in no way diminished. It would be wise for us, like Hezekiah, to pray on the basis of people knowing God out of all this mess. Muslims are spreading terror in the name of their god; we need to pray that our God would show Himself mighty, and that the people who claim His name would stand up and live like His children indeed, bringing in the harvest of souls that He desires.

I will confess to being a news junkie, but even I am increasingly impressed that God is still God, and most of the “talking heads” have no idea what they’re talking about, because they haven’t entered God into the equation. I need to rest secure in the knowledge of God and let His Spirit guide me in using current events to open people’s eyes to Him. My personal situation has taken a dramatic turn for the better over the past 20 hours, with the doctor and then the physical therapist saying Cathy should be able to be discharged this week, and then her having a better night pain-wise last night than she’s had in quite a while. God has already used her medical situation to draw quite a few people closer to Him, and He will continue that. We indeed need to rest, relax, and rejoice that God’s plans are perfect, whatever they look like to us at the moment, and fulfill the parts that He has for us in those plans, for His glory.

Father, thank You indeed for the prospect of Cathy being discharged this week. It kept me awake in the night! Thank You for how she has touched her roommates, as well as the nursing staff. I pray that there will be abundant harvest indeed from the seed You have allowed her to sow. May people understand that what they see in us that draws them is Christ in us, and so open their own hearts to receive Him as Lord, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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