Hezekiah’s story is so sobering to me. He starts out well. When Assyria threatens, he turns to God. He trusts God’s salvation. He throws himself on God’s mercy when he gets sick. God grants him healing, and an additional 15 years. And then, what he does with those 15 years . . .God, please help me finish well. Keep me close to you, obedient to you.
Do I treasure tradition more than God’s Word? What “leaven of the Pharisees (religion) and Herod (culture) do I need to beware?
Did you notice all the different ways that Jesus employs to heal? He is so personal and intentional.
Did you see that the father of the demon-possessed boy believed, but he had been so disappointed. The disciples had tried to drive out the demon, but they were unsuccessful. The father took another chance; he brought him to Jesus. I do believe; help my unbelief! I have been disappointed for so long . . . and Jesus had compassion . . .(chap 9)
Lord, I want to not just “take in” your Word — I want your Word to go deep, take root, grow, and bear fruit. Change me by your word. Make me tender to obey you, whatever the cost. amen.