“And Hezekiah received the letter of (from) 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 (incline) 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.”2 Kings 19:14-16
There are times in life when things do not go as planned or things happen that are hard to understand. I believe a lot of us have faced times in our life we wish did not happen as they did and times we wish we could rewind and alter what took place. Over the years I have heard a lot about these difficult situations and my heart breaks for those who go through these fiery trials, and also for those who simply are reaping the consequences of their own sin. Sin always brings ugly consequences, and although we can pick our sin, we can never pick our consequences.
I recently was part of a group driving from Iowa to Wisconsin, and the wind was quite strong as our van was pushed from one side of the lane to the other. I had driven to California before and there are high wind areas on the route, but this wind seemed to be even more than what I had faced before. The driver of our van put both hands on the steering wheel. After being on the road for a couple of hours, we stopped and the wind was blowing quite hard and the weather started to get really cold for this Arizona boy. We continued on our trip and the gusts subsided a little, but I was still ill-prepared for the coldness of the weather.
We got to our destination later that night, and the driver of our vehicle looked at the weather on his phone and realized there were multiple tornados all around us. We seemed to ignorantly drive through these and not one single tornado hit us directly. We did not realize that the adverse weather was due to these tornados in the area, and we were thankful that God kept us safe in spite of our ignorance. We got to the place where we were staying and there was a sign that read, “Severe Weather Shelter” which pointed to our bathroom. I am not sure how that room would protect us in a time of storm as the smell emitting from the bathroom caused me to want to leave immediately. I would not wanted to shelter in there, and I felt I would take my chances with the tornado as I waited in the hallway.
We all go through tornadoes in our lives, some we know are coming and some that catch us by surprise. We should look to God as our Shelter in these times instead of looking for other places to hide or for other resources. He is our shelter in the time of need, and He is our fortress and hiding place. King Hezekiah was distraught with the bad news he heard about the enemy coming, as any of us would be, so he took the letter of doom and laid it out before the Lord. He did not ignore it, he did not tell others, but he gave it to the Lord.
Where are you today friend? Do you look to God as your main source of shelter or do you look for anything and everything but Him? Do you ignore trouble hoping it will go away, or do you take it seriously? May we take what is troubling us and spread it before the Lord. May we not take on burdens that were never meant for us to take on, and may we find rest and comfort in Him. God is the Creator of all things, and He is concerned with the finest details of our lives. May we seek Him first thing and may we find Him to be our shelter and resting place in the tornados of life.