Light Dawns in Darkness

Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: ‘O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.’ Then Isaiah sent to Hezekiah, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard… And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord will do this. I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.” 2 Kings 19:14-20, 30-32,34; Psalm 112:4

Ruthless Sennacherib, king of Assyria, destroyer of many nations, had his greedy eyes set on Judah, and his leaders provoked with vicious threats and mocking. Hezekiah knew where to turn, for he knew the One Who held all history, kings and kingdoms, in His hands. In the dark of this intimidation, unclear of next steps and not knowing what would result from an attack, he sought his King, and received His light. (Psalm 95:3-4)

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We often see life situations unclearly, as though through dim light, or a hazy screen, and we want clarity and reassurance. In our human frailty we can be unnerved by the darkness before dawn, the uncertainty of menacing circumstances, possible peril to our safety or plans or loved ones. But like Hezekiah, we can present our cares, our fears and specific needs, before the LORD, and watch for His light, knowing He will incline His ear and act on our behalf. We may not be sure of every outcome, or how He will accomplish His plans, but we can trust He will. His sun will slowly and surely rise.

What unsettles me today? What criticism, threat, chicanery, unknown, even potential external event, has left me confused or quaking in spirit? Will I fret in the mire, or spread open my hands before the Lord and allow His light to flood the recesses of my worries and dissolve them in His peace?

Father, keep me looking to You, and waiting for Your light, in every care and threat. May I ever trust Your victory to break through, for Your renown.

 

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