In this week’s post I discuss why I am beginning to question many of my long held assumptions regarding today’s children and their affinity for digital technology. Maybe, just maybe today’s children are the “Analog Generation.”
What do you think?
Link: The Analog Generation
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord… 2 Kings 19:14-15a
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Sennacherib King of Assyria, the world’s loan superpower at the time, wrote a threatening letter to Hezekiah King of Judah. See 2 Kings 19:8-13. The letter was fairly simple and read something like this “Assyria has wiped many nations off the map. You’re next! You’re God is a lier and will not save you.”
Hezekiah’s reaction to the letter was amazing– He literally took it to the Lord in prayer. We are told in 2 Kings 19:14-15 that after reading the letter Hezekiah went to the house of the Lord and “spread it before the Lord.” Amazing. Then, over the letter he prayed an impassioned prayer to the God of Israel. See 2 Kings 19:15-19.
The words that Hezekiah speaks to God are a wonderful example of a deeply spiritual man seeking the Lord’s help. He begins in worship v15, then he describes his difficult situation vv16-18 and asks God for deliverance from the enemy v19a. He closes his prayer with an explanation of why God should save him and the nation of Judah from Sennacherib: “that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.”
How true are the words of the hymn writer: “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”
Hymn quotations from What A Friend We Have in Jesus written by Joseph M. Scriven. 1855.
A record was broken today that 10 years ago many thought would never happen. Roger Federer has now been ranked a total of 287 weeks at the top of the Tennis world (not consecutively). The previous record holder, Pete Sampras, was sitting at 286 weeks and that was to most tennis fans, untouchable. Just like so many records before, what seems an impossibility is soon left behind. For Federer of course he plans to keep adding to those weeks at #1 and only time will tell where he finishes. The reality is that no one can stay #1 forever no matter the sport. The glory that comes with it (even well deserved) fades and someone else comes along to take the top honours.
It’s not like that in the Christian life. I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 9:25, “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” For the believer each one of us can obtain a prize that lasts forever. God has promised this. Paul says in Philippians 3:14, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
As I follow tennis it is clear that fans of one player are constantly comparing their favourite to others. For the Christian we should never get into the habit of comparing ourselves (or anyone for that matter) to others. Galatians 6:4 tells is, “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” Our focus must be on our own lives and service for the Lord.
So what is your prize? Are you training and striving for an eternal prize that will never fade or an earthly reward that is passing?