Tuesday of Week 12 in Ordinary Time
2 Kgs 19:9-11,14-21,31-36
“Give ear, Lord and listen”
I was curious about the Assyrian King Sennacherib mentioned in the 1st reading, so I did some additional reading, hoping to understand more about him. I was surprised by the extent of his exploits; he certainly was a mighty conqueror. I can only imagine how I would have felt had I been King Hezekiah, and confronted by such a threatening message.
Surprisingly, Hezekiah did not just give up and surrender to Sennacherib immediately. Instead, Hezekiah brings the message he receives to the Temple and begins a conversation with God, bringing up how Sennacherib had insulted God, finally asking for protection and deliverance from what was the likely outcome; a certain doom. Hezekiah does not rely on his strength. Instead, he turns to God and lifts everything to Him. God delivers the Israelites a victory by decimating the Assyrians during the night.
This reading is a reminder that I need to do the same; to always lift everything to Him.
Some time ago, my wife and I were faced with what we felt was an issue we would not quickly solve. I lay in bed thinking about it, unable to sleep and something prompted me to ask, at about 1 o’clok in the morning, if my wife was asleep. She wasn’t. Both of us then sat up in bed and prayed a prayer where we lifted all our troubles to Him. We did not ask Him for specific things but expressed our trust that God would, one way or another, lift this burden of ours.
Within two weeks, both of us received our answers individually. The form and timing of these answers surprised us, and we are convinced that God not only answered our prayers, but answered them emphatically.
We need to remember that God is backing us, all the way. All we have to do is to turn to Him.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Paul Wee)
Prayer: Father, we pray that You help us remember that we do not depend on our strength, but Yours. Help us not forget to lift our lives to You every day, all the time.
Thanksgiving: Thank You for watching over us, Father. We praise You and thank You for Your faithfulness!