Time Spent In Death’s Waiting Room

There are times that we feel overwhelmed with almost every aspect of life and we go to God in prayer. Children tend to recite the Lord’s Prayer or one taught to them by a parent. Some adults tend to have certain ’canned’ prayers or phrases that they use, while others tend to either pray to impress those around them, or perhaps words that they feel God wants to hear. As we meditate on the Scripture about Hezekiah, I would suggest that you look closely at how he prayed from a very passionate heart, to a God that He knew was listening, and stood ready to respond to his honest request. I wonder, how often do we truly kneel to pray from a passionate heart about something, or someone?

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-07-09
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 38:1-6
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)

BIBLE TEXT: 1 ….. “God says, ‘Prepare your affairs and your family. This is it: You’re going to die. You’re not going to get well.’”
2-3 Hezekiah turned away from Isaiah and, facing the wall, prayed to God: “God, please, I beg you: Remember how I’ve lived my life. I’ve lived faithfully in your presence, lived out of a heart that was totally yours. You’ve seen how I’ve lived, the good that I have done.” And Hezekiah wept as he prayed—painful tears.
4-6 Then God told Isaiah, “Go and speak with Hezekiah. Give him this Message from me, God, the God of your ancestor David: ‘I’ve heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll add fifteen years to your life. And I’ll save both you and this city from the king of Assyria. I have my hand on this city.

OBSERVATION: There are times that we feel overwhelmed with almost every aspect of life and we go to God in prayer. Children tend to recite the Lord’s Prayer or one taught to them by a parent. Some adults tend to have certain ’canned’ prayers or phrases that they use, while others tend to either pray to impress those around them, or perhaps words that they feel God wants to hear. As we meditate on the Scripture about Hezekiah, I would suggest that you look closely at how he prayed from a very passionate heart, to a God that He knew was listening, and stood ready to respond to his honest request. I wonder, how often do we truly kneel to pray from a passionate heart about something, or someone?

APPLICATION: As I pondered how we might apply this scripture to our lives today, I realized that although Hezekiah was given his death sentence, we have been warned throughout the Bible that we have no assurance as to how many more seconds, minutes, hours, days or years we have remaining as active humans here on earth. In other words, we could very easily be in the same phase of life as Hezekiah was in when Isaiah approached him with this message from God. Seriously think about this dear ones. We hear preachers and teachers say these words all the time, but look around you today and see who is absent from this life today, that you expected to spend time with for many years to come. We have no control over accidents, various diseases that have no known cure, mishaps, etc, etc. God alone has an allotted time that He has loaned us to family and friends here on earth, but one road that we all must travel is death. It behooves us to be ready for whenever our number is called. But back to Hezekiah, I believe that he still had a lot that he wanted to do in God’s service here on earth, and he was so passionate about that work that he wasted no time in getting before God in total humility and helplessness to plead for God to grant him more time. Hezekiah was totally convinced about all the kingdom work he had done, and I believe that he merely reminded God to consider that. We should be careful to note that there is no amount of bragging we could so, or self worth that we could remind God of, that would earn God’s attention. I believe that Hezekiah was merely reminding God of all the ways that He was able to use him, and that he was always faithful to respond. Can we honestly stand before God and say the same thing today? But for as morbid as this story might appear, please notice the awesome response by our God. Among all the people of the world, and among all the prayers being lifted up at that time, God heard the prayers of Hezekiah! Notice that He saw the tears and heartache that was bearing Hezekiah down. I believe that the tears resulted from the passion Hezekiah felt about his unfinished work, and resulted from the awe that resulted from him kneeling before the God of this universe, with such a special request. Most of you reading this blog no doubt kneel before God on a frequent basis and you probably have a long list of things to request of God. When last have you stood, or kneeled, before God and just worshipped Him in thankfulness for who He is and for all that He does for you? When last have you been overwhelmed with the presence of God, and just shared your heart with Him through the tears that flowed as you worshipped Him? Did this experience bring tears to your eyes and you pondered why He would even stop to listen to one such as yourself? If you knew that You were expending the last moments of your life, are there certain things and/or loved ones that would tear your heart apart as you prayed in desperation to our holy, righteous and all-powerful God? Perhaps you should consider doing that today dear friend, for we know not what tomorrow may bring.

PRAYER: Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! In spite of Your majesty, I am convinced that You would have sent Your Son to die at Calvary if I was the only sinner on earth at the time. Oh the love of Jesus, that saved a wretch like me. Thank You Jesus for loving and caring for even me. Lord, today I ask that You might impress upon my readers and myself the importance of living out our commitments to You and our promises to serve You more, for we could very easily be in death’s waiting room, like Hezekiah was when he prayed. Please forgive us for procrastinating, and help us to always keep our eyes fixed on You, until We see You face to face in glory. Please work out Your plan in our lives, and may we be obedient to serve in ways that we feel led and directed by You. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading or listening to this devotional, please go to the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

How Awesome is Our God!

May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Pretty amazing that our awesome God would consider feeding even us with His Word! May I encourage you to read the whole devotional, and look for a blessing, friend!………

Today’s Bible Reference: Psalm 104:1; 5–9
Today’s Bible Text: 1 Let all that I am praise the LORD. O LORD my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty….. 5 You placed the world on its foundation so it would never be moved. 6 You clothed the earth with floods of water, water that covered even the mountains. 7 At your command, the water fled; at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away. 8 Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed. 9 Then you set a firm boundary for the seas, so they would never again cover the earth.
The Bible Translation: New Living Translation (NLT)

My Take Away: The Psalmist shows us how to worship our King. One of the key triggers for worship, is to reflect on the beauty of God’s creation around us, and then on the One who made it all possible. We may visit certain locations where the on-staff horticulturist may have used plants of every description to create a beautiful garden or landscape that just blows you away. But let’s not forget who designed, created and made that plant available to us! That’s the God who created us and made provisions for us to one day join with Him around His heavenly throne for ever! Do you know Him? Do you take time, like the Psalmist, to recognize Him for His awesome power and His mighty works? Have you taken time yet today to worship and adore the God of all creation? You know, He not only made the beauty around us, but He also made you and I. It is way too easy for us to turn up our noses to some folk because we can’t stand how they act, or talk or treat us, but let’s never forget that they are a creation of our loving God, and if they could put up with us, we should make every effort to love them with the love of God. After all, how will you explain to God on Judgment Day that you believe He messed up when He made ______??? Friends, as we go about our day, let’s try to look at creation, or our family, or our coworkers as God’s creation, and let us give Him thanks for blessing us with each other. Remember, God knows even our smallest need, and He is well aware of our major challenges. He will place things and/or individuals in our path today to make us stronger in our faith, or that will draw us unto Him for eternal life. Be vigilant friend, and be ready to recognize God as He pursues your best interest today. He’s just that awesome!

Prayer: Father, You created us, yet we tend to find fault with your creation instead of praising You for ourselves and for those that cross our paths each day. You created awesome beauty all around us, yet we find something to whine about. Lord, from the bottom of my heart I want to thank You for creating me and allowing me to live on this small dot on Your perfect earth. Your majesty is beyond description. Your power is beyond anything we can imagine. Your love is greater than anything we could comprehend, for You allowed Your very own, perfect, Son to be crucified on a cruel cross, so that we would not have to endure that kind of torture in order to one day be with You around Your throne of mercy and grace. Father You are awesome in every way, and I adore You and worship You from the sincerity of my heart. Jesus, thank You for Your amazing sacrifice, so that I may live eternally with You and the Father. Please touch the hearts of all who might read this devotional today. Draw them close to You and help them to see You for who You truly are. In the strong and mighty name of Jesus I ask all this, AMEN!

Footnote: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

2016

Nothing is Too Difficult for You, Lord

THE HOLY BIBLE (Good News Translation – Jeremiah 32:16-18): 16 ….. I prayed, 17“Sovereign Lord, you made the earth and the sky by your great power and might; nothing is too difficult for you. 18You have shown constant love to thousands, but you also punish people for the sins of their parents. You are a great and powerful God; you are the Lord Almighty.

THOUGHTS: Jeremiah had been faithful to God and followed every command and word given to him by God. In fact he was imprisoned because of obediently delivering a word from God to the king. However, Jeremiah was still human, and as such had to depend on God and His providence, even though His actions perplexed Jeremiah. I believe that can, and does, happen to us quite frequently, for we glory in the power and majesty of God, and for all that He delivers us from, yet we see where good faithful followers are shot in their homes, crash in car accidents on the roads, lose very young loved ones, and agonize over fatal illnesses of family members. How do we possibly explain that God loves them? How can we possibly understand the love of God in such horrific situations? I love what Matthew Henry says in his commentary about this prayer of Jeremiah, and I will quote it for you: “Jeremiah adores the Lord and his infinite perfections. When at any time we are perplexed about the methods of Providence, it is good for us to look to first principles. Let us consider that God is the fountain of all being, power, and life; that with him no difficulty is such as cannot be overcome; that he is a God of boundless mercy; that he is a God of strict justice; and that he directs every thing for the best. Jeremiah owns that God was righteous in causing evil to come upon them. Whatever trouble we are in, personal or public, we may comfort ourselves that the Lord sees it, and knows how to remedy it. We must not dispute God’s will, but we may seek to know what it means.This spoke volumes to me, because I believe that we must often return to the cross when we don’t have all of the answers. God showed His love boldly at the cross – yes, through the suffering, crucifixion and death of His very own Son. So let us return to the Word when in question about why God is doing something that we don’t understand. Let’s go back to the basics and first Biblical principles. We KNOW that He loves us, so we KNOW He would do nothing to harm us, therefore let us give thanks for His mysterious work and depend on the outcome bringing glory to Him. This is difficult friends, but just remember to trust in God, no matter what we see, feel or witness occurring around us. This may often be a point at which an unrelated Brother or Sister might step alongside, encouraging you to keep the faith, so be prepared to also do that when you see difficult situations arise in the life of someone else.

PRAYER: Dear God, I am reminded that You are sovereign and that You created this earth and all that is in it. You were pleased with all that You created, so I can’t imagine why one of your small pieces of clay could find room to complain or find fault in what You did, or what You might currently do in managing all that You have made. Your servant Jeremiah has reminded me that nothing is too difficult for you, so once again I am reminded that even in those times when I don’t see the reasoning for something happening, to know and understand that You are still in control. Please touch the lives of Your people once again today with the sobering reminder that You are God, and we are not, therefore we must trust You to do what You know to be the best for us, and that will bring glory to You. I know that we would really screw things up in a hurry if You left it all up to us, so please have Your perfect will and way in my life today. Please be especially near and dear to those who are hurting today and wondering if You are still there. Draw them close to You and comfort them with Your love and reassurance. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus, my King, in all humility, AMEN!

 

FOOTNOTE: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com so that we can pray with you and give you help and or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Any words underlined above will indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to blogger.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, Sebring, FL! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!