“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Choose life and not death!” (2 Kings 18:31-32)
By the time Hezekiah became king, Israel and Judah had split in two. Both nations had turned from God and built idols and altars to false gods. While Israel fell captive to the king of Assyria for their evil deed, Hezekiah tore down the idols and altars and trusted solely in the promises of Almighty God. The king of Assyria threatened to destroy the cities of Judah yet promised peace and good will if they’d surrender to him. Hezekiah held fast to his faith in God, and God delivered Judah out of the hands of Assyria. Although Hezekiah was one of the greatest kings of Judah, he fell short of total obedience, which caused nations to rise up against him all his live. (Read Hezekiah’s story in 2 Kings 18, 19, and 20.)
Like the king of Assyria, the world promises peace and prosperity but delivers war and hardship. Only through Jesus Christ can we experience true peace, not as the world offers but peace that comforts the soul and cannot be shaken by temporal events.
How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter P?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks