Friday, January 06, 2012

Who Ya Gonna Call?

“Why didn't you call me? I would've helped.” It's something I've said many times to my kids, especially the teens. But instead of calling me, they muddle through the problem, often making a bigger mess. I've done the very same thing, many more times than my kids have. (Hey, I'm lots older than are.) It's safe to say, this is nothing new. In fact, Ahaz, king of Judah, the southern tribes of Israel, did this too. (2 Kings 16)

Ahaz's enemies were crouching and crowding his borders. Things were not looking good at all when the prophet Isaiah met Ahaz with a personal message from God. God assured him the threats would not come to pass and told him to ask for a sign for assurance. Here's what Ahaz had to say, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” (Isaiah 7:1-12)

Hello!

The Lord God was ready to fight for His people, again, 
but Ahaz said No thank you!

Instead, he turned around and asked his enemy for help. He closed and raided the Temple and sent some of the Temple treasures to the king of Assyria (who had defeated Judah) and asked him to fight those enemies who were threatening Ahaz. The king of Assyria was happy to comply. He took the gift, fought those enemies, then turned around and made things even worse for Judah by inserting his vile god in their midst. (2 Chron 28:16-22) It was due to idolatry that Israel and Judah both were taken into captivity.

Yanno, we have similar situations as Ahaz.
  • We have God's promised presence and help. The Lord is the one who goes with you; He will be with youl He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deut. 31:8 NAS
  • We have the same choice—turn to God and ask for His help, or turn elsewhere. We even have the choice to turn to the enemy.
  • We have the same consequences for not turning to God. Captivity in enemy territory.

The Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
~2 Chron 15:2

So tell me, who ya gonna call?

3 comments:

  1. We REALLY need to call on Him, no matter what our gut reaction is. I know I go to the wrong person way too often. Great post!

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  2. Great post, although as a momma, it made me think of my teenage daughter, and the potential of her getting in a bind and not calling me...and I got a little queazy in the tummy. But such a powerful reminder of God's love and how He longs to help us.

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  3. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Indeed. I too often try to figure things out myself, or look to anyone other than God for guidance. Thanks for pointing to the real source of help!
    Dan

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