Day 196

Today’s Reading – 2 Chronicles 28 and Isaiah Chpaters 9-12

Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came to him, but he gave him trouble instead of help . . . In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the LORD. He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.” But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.  2 Chronicles 28:20,22-23


Why is it when we are in trouble we so often seek help from all the wrong places?

Many of us have figured that out (eventually), but most of us keep seeking help in all the wrong places.  If we were talking about love, I am might break out in song!

The King seeks help that becomes trouble . . . sound familiar?

We have the innate ability to justify are behavior in moments of trouble.

It is only afterwards that we utter the words, “If only . . .”

But what if … Stop right where you are!

Before you go any further . . . before you get to the “if only” . . . Call upon God.

God has promised to be your rescuer, your hope in times of trouble.

Turn to Him first and not as your last resort and be surprised!

Be surprised by The Great I Am.

And find the help you have always wanted … and needed.


Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 13-17


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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