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A Catch-22

July 22 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

Scripture

Isaiah 37:3
They said to him, Thus says Hezekiah, “This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection, for children have come to birth and there is no strength to deliver.

Observation

King Hezekiah sends this word to the prophet Isaiah asking for prayer, after receiving news that the king of Assyria is at his door ready to seize the land.

In the previous chapters, Isaiah had prophesied judgment, along with a promise, of better times to come..

Application

The best way to baffle the malicious designs of our enemies against us, is to allow them to drive us to God, instead of, away from God.

The enemy comes to us much in the same way he went to king Hezekiah. He attempts to frighten us away from the Lord through fear and intimidation, aiming to get our eyes off God and on to our situation. When that happens our nature is to run, run away from the trouble, or react to the situation in the flesh.

The birthing of God’s promise in our life will not come without much pain and labor. Like a women ready to give birth to her child, the very onset of pain and discomfort become the sign to her that the time is near. Much in the same way, God uses trials and attacks from the enemy to bring our promise to full term.

Like king Hezekiah, we must lay it all down before the Lord, and allow Him to fight our battles when the enemy comes with intimidation, fear, and doubt. It’s only then, that our view of God’s ways become clear, when our ways are put to rest.

looking back over the last several years I can see the tool’s God used to tweak my character. Making fine adjustments came at a cost. ( A cost to me)! It seemed at times, He would use anything He could get His hands on, and there were moments I thought the pain would never end. I was in a dilemma, a catch-22, from which there was no escape. I knew that If I ran to Him, there was no promise of deliverance, but if I ran from Him it was SURE DEATH. (The soul that sins will surely die)
You see, sometimes we run to Him for deliverance alone. We don’t realize it at the time that we’re there for deliverance... Not Him! It wasn’t until I laid it all down, ( All of it), even the fear of my trial never ending, that victory came. He want’s us to come to Him “for Him” alone, whether or not we are delivered.



Prayer

Father,
We know we are living in dark times, when the enemy feels no fear to come right up to our door. Thank you for the example of King Hezekiah, as he humbles himself in request for prayer. Even more so, thank you for the outcome of victory! Remind us often that we are not in this alone, and when the enemy comes knocking, use it to draw us close to you, and build in us your kingdom. For if God be for us.. Who could be against us!
In your precious name, amen!

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This journal entry was posted by Gail. She is currently married with 2 children and has attended New Hope for the past 11 years.

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