First Reponders

I want to be a first responder. Not in the sense of being a paramedic or firefighter, but one that immediately turns to God as situations arise. Notoriously, I am one that works to figure out a solution, run for a second opinion, get advice, or just be distracted with worry. Imagine how different things would be if my first response was running to God.

2 Kings‬ ‭19‬:‭14-16
And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, Lord, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.

Kings have counselors. At his disposal are the wisest and the smartest strategist and thinkers. Yet Hezekiah, when receiving the threatening news, skipped the “war room” and went right to the prayer closet. The real intriguing part of his prayer is that it was not one for protection or mercy, but it was notably one of worship. Hezekiah chose to sit in the shadow of the Almighty. His first response was not typical, as a matter of a fact, it was odd for a king. But in the end, the strategists of the kingdom enjoyed another day of life because the king ignored their expertise.

Oh to be a first responder like Hezekiah. This makes me think of an old hymn..

What a Friend we have in Jesus
What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Closing Thoughts:
1. Learn to skip by the war room and make way to the throne room .
2. Learn to do more than ask and beg. Take time to worship.
3. God loves to respond to someone that recognizes His power and ability.


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