Daily D – 2 Chronicles 29:36
Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced over how God had prepared the people, for it had come about suddenly.
2 CHRONICLES 29:36 (CSB)
Call on me in a day of trouble;
I will rescue you, and you will honor me.
And call for help when you’re in trouble—
I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me.
Sometimes we pray and pray and pray and nothing seems to happen in response. It is as if our prayers bounce off of heaven and back to earth. Now and then, our Father in heaven answers so quickly and so well that all we can do is praise him, thank him, and give him the tearful, joyful worship he is due.
There is no formula for why things sometimes work out slowly, if at all, and why things sometimes work out suddenly. There is simply our Father’s instruction here.
First, “Call on me in a day of trouble.” It is important to keep this first thing first. When trouble comes, escort it into the presence of God. There is nothing too big or too dramatic for him. Agree with God about the nature of the problem. Seek his wisdom. Ask for his intervention.
Second, trust God to do what only he can do. Know that he hears you and will answer better than you ask. God will help you. He may help you in the same manner you expect. He may help you in some manner completely different from what you expect, but also perfectly applicable to the need of the moment.
Third, honor God. This works in two ways. We honor God when we trust him to hear and answer our urgent prayers. We honor God when we give him thanks, praise, and worship when he answers our prayers. We honor God when we live attuned to his heart and aligned to his path.
The Bible is full of sudden answers to simple prayers. Check out Nehemiah’s experiences. Hezekiah and Judah experienced God’s sudden answers. My bride and I added another to our list yesterday.
Keep Psalm 50:15 handy. Trouble will keep coming back for as long as you live. The good news is that God’s love endures forever and he hears and answers our prayers.
I will call on God for help when I experience trouble.
Our Father, your sudden intervention takes away our breath, brings tears to our eyes, and stimulates songs of praise and thanksgiving. How wonderful you are! How amazing is your grace! I will worship you. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.