You can read about a good king of Judah, Hezekiah, in 2 Kings 18. Do you know where else you can read about Hezekiah and even bad king Ahaz? In Matthew 1, the lineage of Jesus Christ. These kings I'm talking about are in the genealogy of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Ahaz's son, Hezekiah, destroyed idols of false gods.
Assyrian king Sennacherib had forgotten all about the alliance with Ahaz and Tiglath-Pileser and all of the altars that were built to commemorate this alliance. Sennacherib came marching west down to Judah and on the way he was pillaging town and after town. Sennacherib sent his field commander out to Jerusalem to taunt Hezekiah. It reminds me of the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the French guy is taunting from on top of the wall.
In the field commander's taunt, he asked Judah and Hezekiah a question that Isaiah had been asking Hezekiah the whole time and asking his father Ahaz: Who are you depending on? Are you going to depend on this Yahweh that you say is going to save you?
Actually it's a really good question but he was taunting him and didn't think Yahweh would really save him. What is going to happen? I'll finish the story in tomorrow's post.
Lord, do I truly depend on you? Show me ways I do not depend on you but on myself, my job, my reputation, all the props of my society that act like bubble wrap around me. When our culture taunts me about the foolishness of the cross, of religion, would you show me how to respond in faith in you?
When we depend on the "hope" of food, we live from meal to meal, just as when we live from paycheck to paycheck. Plan a fast from depending on the joy and hope of food. It's good, but by skipping a meal, you are showing you are relying on God for your filling.
Give the money you saved from skipping a meal to a local charity.