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In Whom Do You Trust?
8/15/2014

He 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. The LORD was with him; he prospered wherever he went. 2 Kings 18:5-7 (NKJV)

If God was sitting in front of you right now and He were to ask you, “Do you trust me?” what would you say?

We can clearly see from the Scripture above that King Hezekiah would have answered, “Yes Lord, I trust you completely!”  Seems pretty easy doesn’t it?  It always is when we’re the one encouraging someone else to trust.  But all too often, it isn’t this easy when we are the ones faced with doubt and fear, and we don’t have what is needed to fix the situation on our own.  I think God plans it this way as well.  He knows we need to learn to place our faith properly into Him, and this comes one challenge at a time.

The story of Hezekiah should give us great confidence to know God honors those who honor Him.  He blesses those who walk forward in faith, even when they don’t see what they believe they need.  2 Kings 18-20:6 records The Lord's blessing of Hezekiah, and it lets us know why God’s blessing was given to him.

We can see the antithesis of this story in Deuteronomy chapter 1:26-36.  Here we see God telling the Israelites He would fight for them, and how He would even go ahead of them.  And yet Deuteronomy clearly records they chose not to believe in His promises.

Yet, for all that, you did not believe the LORD your God, Deuteronomy 1:32 (NKJV)

The result of their lack of faith and inability to trust God relegated the Israelites to wander for 40 years around the desert.  What a waste!  All of those years needlessly spent outside of the chosen Promised Land of God, never enjoying what was intended and created for them.  We can end up roaming around in a barren desert when we also choose not to believe in God, or the promises He has made within the New Testament.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

Sometimes we might not understand everything, and because of this we may choose to stop moving forward in our walk of faith.  Perhaps God has laid something on your heart, and you feel you have been given a great idea, but you don’t act upon it because you don’t have what it takes to complete the project. You don’t see all the pieces of the puzzle, so you don’t start to go forward.  We need to understand this one thing - we don’t have to know everything, we simply need to trust.  If God has placed something upon your heart, then just be faithful to move forward a step at a time, allowing Him to reveal the next piece (Prov.3:5-7).

I want to encourage you to trust in the Lord with all of your heart.  Don’t lean on your own understanding.  In all of your ways, acknowledge Jesus.  And have faith that He will make your path straight.  This is a peaceful thought indeed…

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Kings 18:5-7 what happened to King Hezekiah because of his trust in the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust the Lord in every aspect of your life, and in every situation?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek Him diligently.  Trust in Him while acknowledging Him in every way.  Walk in faith and allow Him to guide your path.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Heavenly Father.  I want to thank You for showing me Your truths within Your Word.  I seek You today to lead me in all understanding.  Help me to be the person You have called me to be.  In Jesus’ precious name, Amen..

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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