Toward the end of the year, we begin to focus on the “new.” We enjoy giving and receiving “new” presents, and we look forward to the hope of a “new” year. A blank calendar page represents fresh opportunity, but what will we do with it?
Hezekiah was known as a man who received renewed opportunity from the Lord. A godly king, Hezekiah destroyed the idols in Judah (2 Kings 18:4) and trusted God (2 Kings 18:5-6).
When Assyria came knocking on the door threatening to destroy Jerusalem, Hezekiah prayed (2 Kings 19:15-19), and God spared Judah. When Hezekiah fell ill, and God told him that he would not survive, Hezekiah again went to the Lord in earnest prayer, and God extended his life by 15 years (2 Kings 20:1-6). Two challenges in Hezekiah’s day were overcome by going to God in prayer. The nation now had renewed hope, and Hezekiah especially should have been filled with new enthusiasm for the future after God spared his life.
However, when a third challenge presents itself, Hezekiah seems to display resignation and selfishness. Isaiah reveals to him that Babylon would soon come and take away the wealth of Judah, as well as Hezekiah’s own descendants (2 Kings 20:16-18). Instead of meeting this challenge with more prayer, Hezekiah says, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!” and “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?” (2 Kings 20:19). Hezekiah was given new opportunities, but he was content to live with his personal blessings, and gave no prayer for the future generations.
As Christians, we have been cleansed by the blood of Christ, and walk in newness of life. We’ve had our lives extended eternally! But what about the lost around us? What about future generations? Will we be content with our own salvation, and give no thought, prayer, or action for the salvation of others?
What will we do with the new?
Matt Clifton Judsonia church of Christ, Judsonia, AR
Scripture of the Week
“Therefore we do not loose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, not on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ~~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Think About It
NO TIME FOR GOD ?
No time for God?
As if you said:
“No time for food, or love
Or sleep, or death.”
Take time for God
Or there is poverty of soul:
For when the messenger of death
Knocks on your door,
God‟s everlasting realms
Will find you bare and destitute.
No time for God?
Soon you will leave this earthly life
To take the way to distant shores:
Then when you see Him face to face –
Will He have time for you?
~~ Dieter Alten,
German preacher in Hamburg, Germany,
translated by Helga Blackstone (July 29, 2009)
Something to Smile About
On the Lighter Side
A young soldier left home to join the army. He told his girlfriend that he would write every day. After about six months, he received a letter from his girlfriend that she was marrying someone else. He wrote home to his family to find out whom she married. The family wrote back and told him. It was the mailman.
During his annual checkup, an old farmer told his doctor that he had never had an accident in his life. The doctor reminded the farmer that he treated him back in the spring after his bull had tossed him over the fence, and asked, “Don’t you consider that to be an accident?” “Not really,” the farmer replied. “That bull did it on purpose.”