Turn your face to faith
Faith is great, faith is vital. We all have faith. The faith we have however is in different things. The Bible says in Hebrews, that Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The Hebrew word for substance here meaning the ground or setting stone. Faith is the platform for our relationship with God. Faith ultimately is what pleases God. On top of everything faith is personal. I can’t experience your faith personally, I can only try to understand it. God will honour one’s faith because he is true to his word. You may feel you must be some generationally-universally renown individual like John the Baptist or Paul the apostle to have faith but you do not need to be someone special to utilise faith in God.
This article focuses on King Hezekiah. A man that wasn’t the greatest man but he had faith. His faith was visible on more than one occasion. Picking up from Isaiah 37, we see that Hezekiah sent messengers unto the man of God. He highlights the fact that troubled times have arose. You may not know the significance in this, however recently, God has given me several dreams which have indicated, the first point of reference in danger should be him. God sees the fear we have and knows when we are afraid. He is so well pleased when we trust in him and ask for help. Verse six shows God’s response to Hezekiah’s plea “Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.” Israel is seemingly on the brink of destruction but the king’s faith in God is what saves the nation. The next few verses show God’s word come to pass and then messengers sent to Hezekiah stating the destruction is not off. Hezekiah was placed in fear again and what did he do? He went to the house of God and spread the letter before the Lord. Hezekiah spread his problems before God and began to pray. God’s response to this prayer is “He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.” This is a clear formula, faith equals results from God.
Hezekiah believe God could work above all. Moving onto the next chapter in Isaiah we see Hezekiah became sick. The man of God Isaiah comes to deliver a message to him, telling him he will die and not live (set your house in order). What does he do? He rejects the word from Isaiah with his faith, turning his face to the wall.
God’s response was to send Isaiah back saying “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.“
FAITH IS BIGGER THAN YOUR SITUATION!!!