Comments on Verses from Prophets

37:28 “I know your sitting down and your going out and coming in, and your raging against me.”

This is a somber thought. Hezekiah happened to be a man who heard a lot of somber thoughts directed his way. Some from his enemy, the Assyrian king, and some from Isaiah, God’s prophet. This pronouncement has a more widespread quality about it, however. What God is saying to Hezekiah He could as easily be saying to us.

We get busy with life in the present physical world and forget temporarily that there is another realm that we should be conscious of. We make our plans and do our thing and keep our thoughts to ourselves, or so we think. Our parents don’t know, and our siblings don’t know, and our spouses don’t know, but God knows. God has 360 cameras on our every move and our every thought. Make you pause for a second.

If you’ve been raging like Hezekiah, it should. This verse is a reminder to all of us that God is cognizant of every single thing about us. Not just the number of hairs on our head (or lack thereof) but of the intent of our heart.

How did this work out for our friend, Hezekiah? God took control away from him. God said I will show you who is in charge of the world you live in. He promised to put a hook in Hezekiah’s nose and a bit in his mouth. Get the picture? Remember what James said? “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.” (James 4:13f)

Task for Today: Just keep in mind while you are planning and plotting your life that you are not in control of one breath. Not one. Better to follow James’ advice and say (think, believe) if God wills. When you sit down to eat today, remember God knows. When you get up to pay the bill, remember God knows. When you leave and when you enter, God knows. What you say and what you think, God knows.

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