PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jul
22

The Universe Bends to Him

Tim Savage

Scripture
36 That night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere. Isaiah 37  13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 1 Peter 1 
Observation
This incredible miracle is the result of a faithful man of God. I love to visualize the scene – the vast Assyrian army is camped outside of the walls of Jerusalem, ready to attack the city and annihilate King Hezekiah and the Israelites. The gantlet has been thrown, insults hurled and the battle is imminent. As dawn breaks and the light slowly creeps in to the camp of the enemy, soldiers wake to find thousands upon thousands of corpses, 185,000 dead bodies strewn all over the camp. Imagine waking to this, no noise, no disturbance, no sign of struggle, just dead soldiers littering the ground.  God doesn’t play according to our rules or our understanding. We understand physical might and the power of overwhelming numbers, but none of that matters to Him. He makes the rules and the whole universe bends to His commands. Hezekiah lived according to God’s commandments, he turned the kingdom around and restored sovereignty and respect to Him. He cleaned house and went against the grain of the majority to lead the people back to their Heavenly Father. 
Application
What in my life seems impossible? What armies are waiting to deliver a crushing blow to me, my family, my life? Where am I outnumbered, overwhelmed or overpowered? Nothing is impossible to our God. He slays 185,000 people without lifting a finger, He turns sure defeat into a miraculous victory and He plays by His own set of rules that are far greater than my understanding. Hezekiah was victorious because of His faithfulness to our Creator, he was blessed because of his dedication to the Lord. If I want miracles and victories in my life, I must live according to His directions and plans. I am constantly tripped up by my own desires and cravings. All too often I choose to sin to satisfy a selfish want, how can I be so short sighted? There are blessings just around the corner but I keep turning the other way. 
Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, I must build my strength and discipline to live more completely for You. I must stop validating my sin and start defeating it. Lord I must love You more that I love myself. I must be a sacrifice for and to You. In Jesus name, Amen 

Devotions for July 22

Isaiah 36,37
Psalms 76
1 Peter 1

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