When God Is Not There
Dr. Randy White
“Even in the matter of the envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that had happened in the land, God left him alone only to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.” (2 Chronicles 32:31, NASB95)
Hezekiah the King had some great stories to tell! When the King of Assyria came to attack, having defeated all the surrounding nations, he taunted Hezekiah and the city of Jerusalem--but God gave a great victory to His people and Sennacherib went home in shame. When Hezekiah came down with a terminal illness, he cried out to God and his life was spared. God had been with him every step of the way and had given him every benefit for leading Judah.
The work of God in Jerusalem through Hezekiah was so amazing that the Babylonians (at this time a rather insignificant horde) took notice of what was happening. The King of Babylon sent envoys to Jerusalem to see for themselves what God was doing. As they began their journey, God did something unusual...He left!
That's right! God left Hezekiah to handle this one on his own. God wanted to see the heart of Hezekiah. God had done so much for this man. Now that He had an opportunity to give God the praise and glory, what would he do? Would he honor God's Holy name? Would He praise God for the bountiful blessings he had received from His hand?
Instead, Hezekiah proudly showed his treasure rooms and boasted of his own accomplishments. God sat in the shadows and listened...never hearing mention of His name.
Perhaps it is mostly in times of victory that God leaves us alone to test us? And when He does...do we praise Him for the blessings, or do we boast of our own ingenuity, strength, wisdom, and hard work?
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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