Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 18:13-19:37
We all depend on something or someone in life. The question is, who do you ultimately rely on? Yourself? Your family? Your Church? Your government? Your bank account? Your friends? Or do you rely on God?
Today we read more of the story of King Hezekiah. King Hezekiah was about to have a personal crisis of faith, but he thought he could take matters into his own hands and solve this problem himself. King Hezekiah did not have a personal faith in God. He had a superficial relationship with God at best. Up to this point in his life, if you would have asked King Hezekiah the question “On whom are you depending?” He would have had to honestly answer that he was depending on himself.
King Hezekiah tried to solve his problems by himself as is evidenced by the fact that he tried to buy off the Assyrian King. He was operating out of his flesh – and if you rely on your flesh, you’re in for disappointment and trouble. King Hezekiah is like so many Christians today – they profess faith in God, but you couldn’t tell it by the way they live. Maybe there are some of you who are in the King Hezekiah category. You are a nominal Christian at best. Sure you do Christian things, you even speak Christianese, but on closer examination, you are a fake – just going through the motions.
Yet at this time out of the mouth of the enemy comes the all important question. “On whom are you depending?” In life, we can depend on Egypt or on God. They represent two world views – the secular or the divine.Under the secular world view represented by Egypt you are depending on yourself, your friends, your family or something else to meet your needs and deliver you from trouble. Under the divine or Christian worldview, you learn to depend solely on God for your needs and to deliver you from trouble. Which worldview to you cling too?
I think it’s time for all of us to have this to be asked this question. On whom are you depending? Are you going to rely on Egypt and all it represents or are you going to rely on God?