Walking Humbly Before The Lord
Read Isaiah Chapter 38
Isa 38:15 But what can I say? He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul. 16 Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live. 17 Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In Your love You kept me from the pit of destruction; You have put all my sins behind Your back.
In this passage, Hezekiah is writing about his illness and eventual recovery. When he learned that he was going to die, he prayed to the Lord, asking for healing. God answered his request by giving him fifteen additional years to live. In gratitude and humility, he penned a contrite message in verses 9-20. These particular verses stood out to me as I studied his writing.
When the Lord answers the sincere prayers of one who belongs to Him, the recipient of His grace should feel the way Hezekiah felt.
- I will walk humbly – We should be extremely humbled by God’s grace in our lives. To know that the Creator of all things paid personal attention to our dilemma is an awesome thing. When I think if all the times He has shown Himself in my life, I wonder why. I know the depth of the depravity of my soul. Why me? Why would He take even a fleeting minute’s thought about me? Humility should be a permanent part of our attitude toward God.
- This anguish of my soul – When we are experiencing deep neediness, we are likely to be writhing in anguish. Such has been the case for me many times. A loving earthly father would rush to the aid of a son or daughter who was in desperate circumstances. How much more surely will our heavenly Father do the same? Yes, there have been times when I didn’t see or feel His presence in my hour of need. Yet, here I am, still standing – still fighting the good fight, and walking closer with Him than at any other time of my life. Sometimes, God works things out in ways that we aren’t seeing. Our anguish, no matter what you might believe, gains His attention. Rest in the factual knowledge that He is there, and allow your anguish to subside by your faith in Him.
- It was to my benefit that I suffered such anguish – Really, Lord? My anguish has accomplished something worthwhile, something that I benefitted from? We rarely, if ever, see our anguish as a blessing. Especially as we think of our problems with SSA, we are not likely to have even an inkling that our suffering will benefit us in some way. We have had a devotion that covered this subject. Yes, even our SSA has a purpose for our lives. Mine was, that I would be forced to seek Him more fervently and diligently than I likely would have if I had been heterosexual. Regardless of how you feel, God has something in mind when you are in anguish. Trust Him.
- All of my sins are behind Your back – After all is said and done, isn’t this the most important truth in our lives? What else really, really matters? If we are forgiven, our trials and tribulations are nothing more than a small, temporary blip in the overall scheme of our existence. It is extremely important that you and I know that we belong to Him, that our sins are not going to be counted against us at the end of time. For many years, I wrestled with doubt – wondering if there were any way to know, to be absolutely positive. It took a long time and a lot of studying His word, before I began to believe and trust in the promises from God’s word. If that’s a problem for you, I can send you some great verses to give you confidence that you are one of God’s children.
Well, after this victorious dialogue from King Hezekiah, he didn’t finish well. Before his 15 years were up, he lost a lot of his humility, and stumbled as a result. He forgot Who had provided his deliverance from disease, and forgot Who had been the giver of all the good things in life he had enjoyed (Isaiah Chapter 39). I have no doubt but that we will see Hezekiah in heaven, but his last days on earth could have been lived in a way that would have brought God more glory and honor. Let’s you and I remember that, and continue to live the remainder of our lives in humility, thanksgiving, and praise. Let us represent Christ well. That does us much good, and points our world toward God. A win/win proposition.
Prayer: Lord, strengthen us so that we will not forget You. We know that we should live our lives in the same way that Hezekiah did immediately after his answered prayer. Keep us humble and aware of Your presence, for the remainder of our lives.