Saturday, July 3, 2010

Legacy Lines from One Year Bible

Ok, with a blog entitled Lanita'sLegacy I cannot let my readings in the OneYearBible this week pass by without a "legacy" comment.  II Kings 18-22 are so rich in legacy-leaving-lines.  II Kings 18:19-20: "This is what the great king of Assyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you so confident?" This was asked by a pagan king to king Hezekiah.  What are we truly trusting in?  Is it really the Lord our God or--or-- what we can "finagle" (good East Tx word) or orchestrate on our own?? I fear we better get that settled because there are some trying days ahead.  But the verse I really want to hone in on is II Kings 20:6.  Hezekiah has become deathly ill, like just being diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Hezekiah prays for God to heal him & then sends Isaiah to tell him: I heard your prayer & and have  seen your tears." (oh, wow, that right there will preach & that's not even my point)!!! God, through Isaiah says in v.6: (I will add 15 years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. ..)  Now whether you are young, old, or in between; ill or healthy as a horse (another good East Tx term) ; what would you do with a guaranteed extra 15 years to your life??  If you read the "rest of the story" (loved that Paul Harvey)  which is found in II Kings 6:7-21, Hezekiah did not do so well with his allotment.. check out v.19 "Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "This message you have given me from the LORD is good." But the king was thinking, "At least there will be peace & security during my lifetime."  Here God had told the king through Isaiah about the Jews being carried into exile..but his comment reflects only thoughts about himself.. Are we concerned only that there is peace & security for us & ours??  Oh, how God wants us to be concerned about what we are doing with our years that will make a difference for eternity.  My response to this message to me from the Holy Spirit in my usual Daily Bible Reading is: "Woe is me for I am undone"! (Isaiah 6:3) God help us all.!!  But...take heart!! Today is the day the Lord has made, we still have opportunities to leave a legacy.  Make some memories today that will make a difference forever.