In 2 Kings 20 we see king Hezekiah sick and fragile. In one instant after following God and doing what was right in the sight of the Lord for so long, a foreign king showed him kindness and interest. He was blinded with self-righteousness, pride and ultimately lost focus of God. As the Babylonian king sent messengers with a letter and gifts to woo the king, they scoped out his kingdom. Hezekiah fell easily into their scheme: “He received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses–silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive oil– his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in the palace or in all his kingdom that he did not show them” (2 Kings 20:13). He let his guard down and welcomed the enemy into his house. Hezekiah was distracted by what looked good in that moment and later led to his death, Judah’s captivity and generations of suffering.
We will do the same if we are not careful. Too often we are wooed by the self-care movement. We turn to social media, a friend or family member or anyone that will make us feel better about ourselves. However, we must be vigilant and on guard against any advice that does not share our biblical perspective.
Don’t wait around to recognize that you have given access to the enemy. He will stop at nothing to take your eyes off of the one true God. Everywhere we look, there is so much confusion, division and chaos. Why? Because we have forgotten what God has already done for us. We like to change His Word to fit our agendas but we have to check our agendas and see if they align with God’s Word.
To be vigilant of the enemy's schemes requires us to remember all that the Lord did for us and to choose every day to seek Him first.
So, friend, I want to challenge you today to make your own blessings timeline. Start with the day you chose Jesus as your Lord and Savior or the day that you recognized Him moving in such a way that led you to that choice. Add dates in between when you know His presence was near or maybe a very difficult time that now you can look back on and vividly see Him at work in that moment.
There are no right or wrong ways to do this, we are human and flawed, so we must be reminded of His faithfulness.
Reflect on your timeline often, pray continually and remember who God says He is. We can stand firm on His promises when we keep our gaze fixed on Him.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
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