Posts Tagged ‘judah’

Don’t Be Too Quick to Judge the End of Your Story!

Jun 11

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, have you ever watched a movie, (Especially a romantic story!), and anxiously waited and hoped for the story to end the way you wanted? Of course you have—you’re a girl! However, as you know, you can never be certain what the ending will hold in store until the screen goes black.

The story of King Hezekiah takes some twists and turns—so what will the ending be? Hezekiah becomes king at the age of twenty-five. His reign signifies a return to godliness for Judah. As he takes the throne he immediately gets rid of all the ungodly filth that defiled the land. Then fourteen years into his reign at the age of thirty-nine, Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah came to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” This story is not going to have a happy ending—or is it? After the prophet leaves, Hezekiah immediately prayed and wept. Before the prophet had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life.” Just as the Lord said, Hezekiah did indeed live for fifteen more years. A happy ending!

I have been fortunate to know a real life “Hezekiah”. In 1990 the Lord placed a most interesting man and his family in our life. We were living in a peaceful college town when the tranquility was shattered by the gruesome murder of two young women. This was followed by three more murders of college students. As all this tragedy was unfolding, even more tragic news would come to us. The detective in charge of the murder investigation came to my husband Rick and told him he had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He then proceeded to pour out his heart’s desire. What would he say? That he wanted to be healed … needed care for his family … to catch the killer? Nope! Though he did need all of those things to happen, his unselfish desire was that he would be able to lead someone to Christ before he died. As the days followed, Rick taught him how to share his faith and he did indeed lead not only one person to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, but many! Oh and before this story ended our precious godly friend lived for nineteen more years! Even in death, our friend’s story was not over. His family shared the gift of eternal life so beautifully at his funeral so that through this man’s life story—eternity will be filled with those who knew him.

Dearest girlfriends, let us not judge the end of our story, but place our trust for the outcome in our heavenly Father’s trustworthy hands.

The end of a matter is better than its beginning … ~ Ecclesiastes 7:1 NIV
 
Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. ~ 2 Kings 18:5-7 NIV
 
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered. Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day from now?” Isaiah answered, “This is the LORD’s sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?” “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.” Then the prophet Isaiah called upon the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz. ~ 2 Kings 20:1-11 NIV
 
Hezekiah rested with his fathers. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king. ~ 2 Kings 20:21 NIV

A Shady Deal

Jun 04

by Victoria Robinson

It might sound absurd to say, but have you ever considered that the Lord has made a “shady” deal with you? The psalmist says, “The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.”

To have a place of shade on a sunny day is so refreshing. That truly is a gift God gives us. Spiritually speaking, we can rest in the shadow of the Almighty. We can do this by dwelling in the shelter of the Most High. Our heavenly father provides a level of protection that is hard to fathom.

It was under the shade of a broom tree that Elijah found comfort and strength from the Lord. He was fleeing for his life and an angel came and prepared food for him and directed his next steps.

Dearest girlfriends, lets us enjoy the “shady” deal our heavenly Father has made with us and find refuge in His protection.

The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. ~ Psalm 121:5-8 NIV
 
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” ~ Psalm 91:1-2 NIV
 
She sent a message to Elijah: “You killed my prophets. Now I’m going to kill you! I pray that the gods will punish me even more severely if I don’t do it by this time tomorrow.” Elijah was afraid when he got her message, and he ran to the town of Beersheba in Judah. He left his servant there, then walked another whole day into the desert. Finally, he came to a large bush and sat down in its shade. He begged the Lord, “I’ve had enough. Just let me die! I’m no better off than my ancestors.” Then he lay down in the shade and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel woke him up and said, “Get up and eat.” Elijah looked around, and by his head was a jar of water and some baked bread. He sat up, ate and drank, then lay down and went back to sleep. ~ 1 Kings 19:2-6 CEV

Sky High Faithfulness

Feb 19

by Victoria Robinson

Your heavenly Father has a wonderful faithfulness. In fact it is sky-high! The psalmist tells us His faithfulness reaches to the skies. If that is His character, then it should be our character. Faithfulness towards our heavenly Father, our family, and others. The Hebrew word for faithfulness is emuwnah, which means: firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, and steadiness. Do you portray these qualities in your relationships?

Consider the faithfulness of Hezekiah. He was good, right, and faithful before the LORD his God and so he prospered. Faithfulness will always lead to prosperity. We will prosper in our relationships, finances, and most importantly—our faith.

Dearest girlfriends, let us imitate our heavenly Father and have a sky-high faithfulness in all our relationships.

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. ~ Psalm 36:5 NIV
 
This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. ~ 2 Chronicles 31:20-21 NIV
 
Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. … So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. ~ Malachi 2:15 NIV
 
A friend is always loyal … ~ Proverbs 17:17 NLT
  
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is really faithful? ~ Proverbs 20:6 NLT
 
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ ~ Matthew 25:21 NIV