#352 The Blessing of Overwhelm 2 Kings 19:20
Ever feel bombarded by experiences?
I was feeling overwhelmed by a number of experiences, one on top of another. On Saturday I was emotionally exhausted, with no motivation. I prayed and took some naps. And then as I began to study for our Sunday Bible Study, my Loving Heavenly Father brought 2 Kings 19 to my attention, yet another time.
Rabshakeh, an officer and messenger of King Sennacherib, King of Assyria cried with a loud voice in Judean so that the Israeli watchers on the wall would hear and understand. His words were meant to undermine the courage of the people. He made some counterfeit promises:
Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king do Assyria, “Make your peace with me and come out to me, and eat each of his vine and each of his fig tree and drink each of the waters of his own cistern, until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey, that you may live and not die.” But do not listen to Hezekiah, when he misleads you, saying, “The LORD will deliver us.” 2 Kings 18:26-35
A second strong message was sent to Hezekiah by Rabshakeh through messengers by their hateful words and by letter. 2 Kings 19:9-13
Because of the strength of overwhelming threats Hezekiah spread the matter before the Lord.
“Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.” 2 Kings 19:14
With every disillusionment and challenge the intention of our Loving Father is that we would take it to Him, in all its specifics, in prayer.
“Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8
Because the threats drove Hezekiah to prayer, the Mighty One of Israel answered him.
“Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib, King of Assyria, I have heard you.” 2 Kings 19:20
Overwhelming circumstance is meant to drive us to Him, the Source of Overwhelming Blessing.
What blessing overwhelming circumstance holds when we let it drive us to the Source of Overwhelming Blessing.
We are ready to receive when we truly ask, convinced that the Overwhelming power of God is greater than the overwhelming threat of any circumstance. Romans 8:31-39!