This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. (2 Kings 19:1)
Hezekiah knew they were coming. The terrifying Assyrian army had been slowly making its way south through the land and was heading for Jerusalem. Hezekiah had prepared the city for the coming attack – digging an amazing tunnel through solid rock to bring water into the city and prepare for a long siege. Finally, the day came when the ruthless Assyrians were outside Jerusalem’s gate, demanding surrender.
It’s a good thing to be prepared for life’s difficult times. Yet to be honest, you can only prepare so much. The real test of the trial is what you’re going to do when it finally arrives.
Hezekiah handled his greatest test by seeking God. Covered in sackcloth and ashes, he wasn’t the picture of joy. He was the picture of grief. But in his grief, he sought God.
Sometimes God’s answers to your questions will come immediately, but sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the deliverance you’re looking for will come overnight, but sometimes it doesn’t.
The help you’re looking for isn’t in the deliverance. The help is in the seeking. Weep, if you must, but seek God. He is our help.