Today you should read: Isaiah 38
I love the heart of a little child. They are so unfiltered with their thoughts and motives. My son is now two years old and he tests his boundaries from time to time as all little kids do. He loves any kind of door handle or cabinet knob. He often will go into our cabinet and begin to pull and bang the cabinet doors (He can’t open them due to our child proof locks). Usually, if I ask him not to he will obey and move on to something else but this particular day he decided to lose his hearing. I asked him not to bang the cabinets and he continued as if he didn’t hear me. So I take him by the hand and had him come sit with me so he and I could talk. I went through why he was in trouble and explain how not listening to daddy is disobedience. He then got a spank and then we hugged and I told him I love him and he said he was sorry. At this point I am thinking he understands and will obey daddy because I asked him to. Wrong, he got out of my lap and ran straight back to the cabinet and began banging something that sounded like “We Will Rock You.”
Now for any of you reading this who is a parent you are agreeing and thinking of your own stories of frustration with disciplining your child. Those of you without children just know this will be your future if you so choose to have children. Don’t get me wrong I love being a parent to my son and although it can be frustrating I appreciate his honesty. He only told me sorry in that moment to move past the punishment and to get back to doing what he wanted. The thing that I have realized is that adults are just overgrown children who have learned to cover up the true desires of our hearts at times.
Let’s take King Hezekiah for example. He was a king who showed great faith in adversity. The Assyrian army came and threatened to raid the city and he turned to God in faith. Now he is faced with a deadly illness and once again he turns to God in faith. He knows that only God can give life or death so he prays to him for deliverance and God gives it to him. His psalm from v.10-20 demonstrates his belief that God alone has the power. Hezekiah even acknowledges that God alone is the one who can save us from our sins (v.17).
This whole chapter gives sign of a man who loves and trusts God with his whole heart. So, why does he ask the question, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?” (v.22). This statement shows the faith of Hezekiah wavering. He needed another sign? Was the first two not good enough? Does he really believe and trust in God for the glory of God or does he believe those things in the times of need when they benefit him? Unfortunately, it would seem that Hezekiah may lack in faith in God after all. We know this because of his actions of greed in the chapters to come.
Question to Ponder:
Do you love God for God or for the benefits?
Posted by: Chad Wiles