If you are hurting today, remember to stand firm in your faith. No matter how hard it will be in view of the evidence of circumstances. King Hezekiah was told by the prophet Isaiah to get his house in order, for he was going to die. Imagine hearing these fatal words, how would we act in response? Some of us would cry in desperation and hopelessness; but Hezekiah, although he cried, he went to the courts of heaven and there he left all his worries and fears. He prayed: I beseech You, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before You in faithfulness and truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight. And Hezekiah wept bitterly (II Kings 20:3). Because King Hezekiah was a righteous king, his faith transported his prayer to God; He not only heard Hezekiah’s prayer, but He answered him. God said, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears, behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord (vs. 5). King Ahaz of Judah was facing two enemies coming against Jerusalem: the king of Syria and the king of Israel. Syria had allied itself with Ephraim to come against Judah to wage war against Jerusalem, but they could not conquer it. The hearts of King Ahaz and his people however, trembled when they heard the news. The Lord stood on their side and assured them through His prophet Isaiah saying, It will not happen; it will not occur; but if you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. Ahaz and his people had to exercise faith to be delivered from their enemies. The promise was given and the assurance of it was heard. Faith would be the thing that would turn it into reality. Faith had to override the evidence, for it to work in their behalf.
No circumstance, as great as it may seem, is greater than God’s power and ability to change things in yours and my life. But it is faith that will make it happen. A prayer without faith is not delivered to the throne of God. It is like a letter that never reached its destination. So, when we send a letter to God, let’s make sure that it is stamped with faith, so that we will stand the test of time and we will be rewarded with God’s favorable response. Our God is always willing to bless us with what we need, provided that faith is the transport that carries our needs to Him. When in trial, pursue peace and holiness; be free from fear and do not let your heart faint before the challenges of life. Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward… The just shall live by faith; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him (Heb. 10:35,38). Faith is looking up when things down below looks grim. Peter looked at the storm and lost faith; he almost sank when his faith left him. The Lord rescued him saying, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? There is no other ground to stand on when we are facing trials, only on faith. As the Lord told King Ahaz, Stand firm in your faith, or you will not stand at all!
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