Taking a life challenge to our own hand is our nature built in us -- wanting to be our own master. We know and confess that God is our king and master, but if everything goes well (due to God’s blessings), we slowly forget the source of the blessing and indulge in our own live. Gradually and steadily, we replace our God’s kingship in our heart with our own self and ego. Then when we meet a life challenge, our own kingship surfaces up: we take all matters into our hands. We don’t go to God first. Even the most faithful king ever could not escape this subtle trap, and failed. After taking lots of beating, King Hezekiah realized who the true king was in his life. He, then, ran into God.
What a comforting message of God! Soon King Sennacherib, the Assyrian King received word that King Tirhakah of Ethiopiac was leading an army to fight against him. Yes, God started moving His mighty hand. King Hezekiah saw the mighty hand of God. The Assyrian king suddenly left. King Hezekiah and his people really relieved. They thought that the end of the siege was near.
Have we experienced the situation that Hezekiah experienced? All of our strength and wisdoms did not work. In fact, all that we did make the problem even worse. Then realizing that our sinfulness before God, and making us humble, and even asking prayers of others, such as pastors and prayer warriors. Then we saw briefly some changes, but the real root of the real problem did persist, which made helpless and hopeless, while putting in misery and pains. We did not know where to go. However, later we realized the past pains and miseries were after all, a true manifestation of God love! God knew our inability to learn this by our own efforts. Let’s what Hezekiah did.
God patiently waited this moment until King Hezekiah completely let down everything and absolutely surrendered before God.