Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today
NL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, November 20, 2018
by Dr. Kimberly Leetch, Clergy Stuff
When King Hezekiah’s enemies rose against him, he did the only wise thing he could do… he turned to the Lord for help. He surrendered to the almighty, and put his life and his kingdom’s lives in God’s hands.
Thanksgiving is in two days. Perhaps you’re excited to see family you haven’t seen in a while. Hopefully, you’ll have a wonderful holiday filled with love and laughter.
Or, perhaps you’re dreading the whole affair. Maybe you’re anticipating falling into that same childhood role where you have no credibility, no wisdom, and no rational view of things. If this looks like your near future, then now might be a good time to follow in Hezekiah’s footsteps and turn to God for help. Surrender to the one who holds you in strong hands. Let go of anger, resentment, and expectation. Give God your anxiety and anticipation. Simply be, and let God handle the rough stuff.
Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; then Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying: “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, you are God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, and have hurled their gods into the fire, though they were no gods, but the work of human hands—wood and stone—and so they were destroyed. So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.”
Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying: “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria, this is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him: She despises you, she scorns you— virgin daughter Zion; she tosses her head—behind your back, daughter Jerusalem. Whom have you mocked and reviled? Against whom have you raised your voice and haughtily lifted your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israel! By your servants you have mocked the Lord, and you have said, ‘With my many chariots I have gone up the heights of the mountains, to the far recesses of Lebanon; I felled its tallest cedars, its choicest cypresses; I came to its remotest height, its densest forest. I dug wells and drank waters, I dried up with the sole of my foot all the streams of Egypt.’ Have you not heard that I determined it long ago? I planned from days of old what now I bring to pass, that you should make fortified cities crash into heaps of ruins, while their inhabitants, shorn of strength, are dismayed and confounded; they have become like plants of the field and like tender grass, like grass on the housetops, blighted before it is grown. I know your rising up and your sitting down, your going out and coming in, and your raging against me. Because you have raged against me and your arrogance has come to my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth; I will turn you back on the way by which you came.”