Higher Ground

“Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.” – 2 Kings 19:14

We all go through highs and lows in life, and often times it can debilitate us to the point, where we look down and can’t move forward; we are in a bound up state. In the bible Hezekiah received some pretty bad news in the form of a letter. I have at times received letters, bills and different things that can cause some form of anxiety, but with every problem presented there must be a solution. We often times will do everything in our own power to try and find a solution; however, these are times when we need to look to the higher power for wisdom.

Hezekiah was king of Judah; however, the King of Assyria had great influence over the land before he came to the throne. Hezekiah fought to maintain God’s ways in the land promised to them, and after refusing to pay heavy taxes, destroying idols, and refusing to adhere to the King of Assyria’s ways, the King became infuriated and sent a threat to Hezekiah. The King told Hezekiah that his people would be destroyed and exiled to a far off land, and was told that his God couldn’t save them.

Instead of hanging his head down, he ran to the highest point he could find and spread out his problem before the Lord. He was at the pinnacle of his life, the turning point of his story, a crossroads in other words. He knew his army wasn’t strong enough to defeat the enemy, but God was stronger than any army, and he showed no fear. Whenever you stand for what is right even in the face of adversity, the enemy will always put up a fight and ask us to bow down. That is when you need to look up. The Lord delivered Him that day as promised. If we never face adversity, change or revival can never happen. But it starts with a prayer.

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” – Luke 6:12

Jesus often times in his ministry, retreated to the mountains to pray. I’m sure he found solace, and in those quiet times, clarity and a strength from His heavenly Father. You don’t have to find a mountain to pray, you simply need to hold God in the highest position in your life, that way you are covered.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalm 91:1

There is nowhere you can go that God isn’t. Job, Abraham, Solomon and David all looked to the stars, even when things seemed so impossible, and God always came through for them. The stars would seem the highest point of God’s creation, reminding them that God was bigger than anything they came across. (Genesis 15:5-6, Psalm 9, Job 9:9, Ecclesiastes 1:9) So when you aren’t sure you see God working, look to the stars and remember the hand that created them. The star led the wise men to Jesus in the manger when they were lost. We can learn a lot from God’s creation.

“If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” – Psalm 139:8-10

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