Continued from last week’s Ground Zero…
The crevice at the right side of the door gave a rare glimpse of the spectacle inside the magnificently lit room. In a flurry of activity that filled the spacious room with such awesome ambiance, the four winds went round the majestic presence at the centre of the room uttering names and events in progress round the four corners of the earth.
Their voices were like crystal torrents that harmoniously echoed through the room in synchronized chords. The glorious presence in the middle of the room glowed with such dazzling light that no naked eye could withstand. It was a sight to behold.
Then came a mention of the name Hezekiah! Suddenly, the entire room shook violently. All activity seemed to come to a standstill as the four winds resounded in heightened frequency. A voice came from the splendor of the divine presence, causing a shaking whose magnitude made mockery of the initial one. The room seemed to explode in a bolt of glorious light as the voice thundered: “Send him help…Now!” The emphatic urgent command threatened to tear the room to a trillion pieces. It was like the voice of thunder among the mighty waters of the deep sea…like the roar of a lion!
The son of Amoz awoke with a start. Startled by the revelation, He hurriedly prepared to make the proclamation he knew was nigh.
Hezekiah was still at ground zero when the son of Amoz arrived. Their eyes met in a brief intense moment before they embraced. The guest, his demeanor radiating much vigor among all present resolutely proceeded to make the proclamation.
“Who is like the Lord! Maker of heaven and earth! There is none! He ordained people, places and events. His ways are unsearchable his wisdom without a trace. He is before all things; things above, things on earth and things below. In Him all things hold together for all things were created by him, through him and for him.
This is what the sovereign Lord says to Hezekiah, even to his dearly beloved-his inheritance: Because you have honored me and served me wholeheartedly I have loved you, I will save you and uphold you with my righteous right hand, for you are mine, the apple of my very eye. Fear not, for I am with you. I will be your refuge and strength.
Do not fret because of the threats of Sennacherib. In his characteristic vogue he calls me a liar and goes around tormenting my inheritance. Have you not heard, have you not known the Lord works out everything for his own ends, even the wicked for a day of disaster?
He fronts himself as indomitable, arrogantly boasting of his vast conquests, oblivious of my foreknowledge before the foundations of the earth were set in place that ordained it all to be; for my glory must spring forth until it has filled the whole earth and all evil is utterly trounced. I save the humble, but the mighty and arrogant I strengthen even the more for their day of destruction. Such is the road Sennacherib must walk, until his destruction is sealed.
Arise therefore Hezekiah, even my dearly beloved-my inheritance and let your knees be strengthened, for I have raised my hand as a caveat against your foes. I have planted you on the rock. You will live, you will prosper, you will be renewed and restored, you are free, you are healed, you are victorious, for you are mine! The apple of my very eye!
Rejoice and be glad. You will go forth in victory for I will strengthen you. Keep your eyes on me for no weapon formed against you shall prosper and condemned is every tongue that rises in judgment, for you are mine, the apple of my very eye.”
I praise you Lord for you are before all things. Thank you that you hear me when I call. Teach me how to pray and help me fear and serve you all the days of my life. May I always be at the centre of your will. Thank you for the promise and victory I have in you.
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