Theme:- A Place of Refuge
Text:- “And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord”. Isaiah 37:1
It is always good to have a place to run to for cover when the heat outside scourges and becomes unbearable. There is also the need for a place to hide when staying outside is no more safe and danger lurks around. In Joshua 20:1-8, God instructed Joshua to create a place of refuge for those who unintentionally kill a fellow man to run to for safety from the hands of the avenger of blood. A place of refuge is where we are covered and protected away from the hands of the devil and evil ones. It is also a place where those who have right of vengeance over us are prevented from touching us. It is a place of perfect security.
In our focal passage, king Hezekiah of Judah, after listening to the threat and blasphemy of Sennacherib went straight to the temple and prayed. He expressed his predicaments before God thus: “This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when the children come to the point of birth and there is no strength to deliver them: it may be that the Lord your God will hear….” God heard his prayer and delivered Judah from the hands of the Assyrians.
Beloved, you need a place of refuge and the place is your prayer altar. A Christian without a place of refuge will have nowhere to run to in time of challenges. I pray that in the hour of your helplessness, the LORD shall arise to your rescue, in Jesus mighty name.