Hezekiah trusted in the Lord , the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time. He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses. So the Lord was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did. He revolted against the king of Assyria and refused to pay him tribute.
– 2 Kings 18:5-7 NLT
Imagine a faithfulness to God, just as Hezekiah demonstrated. He wasn’t perfect. He wasn’t without flaws. He wasn’t fearless. He wasn’t the strongest or most courageous. He wasn’t sinless or guiltless. He was just faithful and obedient. His convictions were strong and steadfast.
God blessed him with an abundance that most of us could not comprehend let alone handle.
Imagine living your life that way, unmovable to the temptations and threats of the world and the so-called leaders that rule within it. Powerful.
If we can’t be obedient with the little things then how can God trust us with the big things? If we can’t handle the truth then how could we ever handle God’s Truth?
Something to think about.
Father, today I pray for clarity, discernment, patience, grace, and gentleness. I pray that I’m slow to react to moments that are curated as a test of my character, and that instead, I pause in prayer to You that You would speak to me and through me so that I can avoid the trappings of the flesh that would cause my ego to take over. Let me hear and respond to Your voice above all others.
I pray for patience in Your promise, in the faith of knowing You never go back on Your word, and that sight does not mean vision so I should be less concerned with what I define as forward-progress as my sight does not match Your vision.
At the same time, let me have a sense of urgency with what You have called on me to do each day. My procrastination steals my time and robs me of the joy I would experience if I got more done in less time. Redirect me Father when procrastination tries to creep up and creep in to my day. Help me to push past my fears, doubts, and distractions.
In my frustration let me quickly be filled with grace, gratitude and a gentleness that is reassuring of my stability in Your foundation. As my rock let me not crumble under the real or imagined pressures from the world. Let me be reminded that there is no one and nothing greater than You, and being in You and of You, I am always protected.
May my breathing help to center me in my understanding of the now, being cognizant of the presence that comes from being present and alert—not concerned with the past or lost in the what-ifs of tomorrow. Instead, let me be re-centered in the now. Let me breathe freely, fully aware of this gift provided only by You. Loving me and loved by me. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
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