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Job 1:8 – God is “proud” of His servant Job

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”  Job 1:8

It is interesting to see here that God was “proud” of His servant Job. He described him as “..a blameless & upright man, one who fears God & shuns evil..” Aren’t these virtues bestowed upon Job by the grace of God? Yet He attributes them to Job. This is the great mystery of God’s sovereignty versus man’s responsibility. Accept it, submit to it and praise God for it. It will keep us humbly dependent on Him.

2 Chr 32:20-21 God answers prayers…

Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven. Then the Lord sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, leader, and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned shamefaced to his own land. And when he had gone into the temple of his god, some of his own offspring struck him down with the sword there.  2 Chr 32:20-21

Judah was faced with an impending military threat. They were about to be attacked by Assyria whose armies are far superior in every way. In response to this threat, the verse says that Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed and cried out to heaven. And the Lord responded with deliverance.

How often have we missed deliverance and help because we failed to pray? Because we failed to be aware the God is present at every situation we encounter, we attempt to handle the situation with our own wisdom and strength. This verse is a reminder that we ought to pray at all times. God is near us and will respond to our call for help.

2 Chr 32:31 – Why did God withdraw from Hezekiah?

However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart. 2 Chr 32:31

There is a reason for everything that happens. We may not know how events are inter-connected one to another because God may not reveal that to us.

But this verse tells us the reason for God withdrawing from Hezekiah. The reason was to test him – to see what was in his heart.

Sometimes we may ask the reason as to why we fell into sin. Perhaps it was because God withdrew Himself – so that we may be tested – so that He may know what is in our heart, just like the case for Hezekiah. And when we fall, we know what is in our heart – that there is nothing good. We are utterly sinful and fully dependent on the grace of God to sustain us, or we will fail miserably. That reduces us to dust and helps us to appreciate the sustaining grace of God.

If we have fallen into sin, may we find grace through our Lord Jesus Christ who gave Himself to redeem us because we are totally unable to help ourselves.

2 Chr 34:3 – Seeking God early in life…

For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images. 2 Chr 34:3

Josiah became king when he was 8 yrs old. By the 8th year of his reign, he would have been 16. Hence, based on what we are told in this verse, he sought the Lord when he was 16 yrs old. And by the 12th year of his reign (when he would have been 20 yrs old), he began to purge Israel of its idols.

God gives grace to some when they are young such that they have a longer run way for ministry, just like Spurgeon. Others turn to Christ when they are much older. Whether one turns to Christ early or late in their lives, let God be glorified for it is Him who gives grace and His Spirit to work in these hearts. We should continue to fervently pray that our children may turn to Christ early. May God have mercy upon them.

2 Chr 27:6 …he prepared his ways before the Lord…

So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.  2 Chr 27:6

2 Chr 27:6 says that Jotham became mighty because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God. What does “prepared his way before the Lord his God” mean?

It means that he took deliberate efforts to plan the things he would do and consult God about them through prayer. It means he would undertake purposeful checks on whether his intended actions conformed to what God’s word dictated.

Do you want to be mighty? Learn the ways of Jotham.

2 Chr 20:6-9 … what do we “appeal to” in prayer?

and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’   2 Chr 20:6-9

How do we pray? Do we appeal to God based on how good or deserving we are? Or do we appeal to God for His righteousness and our utter helplessness?

Jehoshaphat appealed to God as the God ruling over all the kingdoms of the nations in heaven. He appealed to the “reputation” of the name of God who gave that land to His people. And God heard his prayer.

How do we pray? What is our motivation in prayer? How do we view God as we pray? Let us learn from Jehoshaphat whose prayer was answered.