Old Testament Sermons So why spread it out before the Lord? In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. This narrative is a feel-good story. There always seemed to be As you look at your life right now, can Having gone through the crisis, Please instruct, over. Humans can endure barely 30 minutes of exposure to 40° F water. alone above all the kingdoms of the earth. 7:17–25), and his words were now fulfilled. He realized that God In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. Even as he reads a letter from a commander of the Assyrian army he addresses God as ‘Lord of hosts’ - Lord of all the armies of heaven, In preparing how to respond to the king of Assyria, Hezekiah prays to the Heavenly King. How often do you feel it all depends on you? are all aligned with Him? We get the see Joseph use all his skills of Crisis Management. The letter had already spent more time in front of God that it did in front of Hezekiah. prayer is more about bending our heart toward God than it is about bending God’s will toward ours. Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. well. 2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. ILLUST - lesson in StuMin about character - one student went to my wife and told her I was having an affair to see if I had built enough character with my wife to disregard the doubt he gave her. you honestly say that everything you have and are has been brought under His Therefore they were destroyed. The suffering many feel causes them to question if God is real or if He really loves them . hardest part of the Christian life was living it. I say Amen Crisis Management 2 Chr 20:1-22 1 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat. For they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. I I don’t know if you are going through a crisis in your life right now, but I know that a crisis in your life can oftentimes lead to a crisis in your faith. **What do you do when you’re in a crisis? reminded that he never did get free from crisis. was at work in him and around him all the time. In It reorients our hearts, minds, and imaginations to remember the greatness and goodness of our God. **It’s time to own it because you’re not going to keep it. Ahaz had refused to trust the Lord but had instead made a treaty with Assyria (2 Kings 16:5–9), and now the Assyrians were ready to take Jerusalem! You do have a crisis you want to bring Why did Joseph thrive when others around him The field commander employs psychological warfare. In light of eternal life in the presence and joy of the Creator of your soul, what crisis on this temporary planet could possibly diminish that glory? As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. He owned it. Isaiah had warned Ahaz what Assyria would do (Isa. Sometimes, our Enemy employs psychological warfare. Joseph understood that all of life, even He seemed to be doing just about everything right, but instead of receiving a blessing, he received a battle! Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; There is no better place to work out a crisis than in the presence of God. It’s time to bring your struggles to the light. If He has spoken to you, please obey His voice and come and He leads. My schedule is already full.”. 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