Isaiah 37:14 – 15 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 to the LORD.
When we receive a piece of bad news, how do we deal with it?
Psychologists have segmented the different responses ranging from escapism to sweeping it under the carpet and facing it head-on. Here is how Hezekiah, one of the better kings of Judah, did it.
After Hezekiah received the letter of the invasion of Judah, he did three things: went up to the house of God, brought the news before Him and prayed to Him.
Strangely enough, while many Christians claim a basic understanding of God, they approach life without Him in the picture.
Kingdom-centric Christians on the other hand, recognise the sovereignty and power of the Almighty one and they immediately approach Him; they bring the piece of news before Him and they pray. They understand the futility of complaints and attempts to rein in things that are beyond their control.
These three steps are simple but yet in a situation of bad news, can be the most distant things in our minds. However, it behooves us to tailor our approach to this model when it comes to bad news. He is El Shaddai, God Almighty, and He is in control of every situation. From that position, we think, act, and do life.
Be Kingdom-centric in your approach to life! As we celebrate Christmas and prepare to enter into a new year – let’s come to Him in everything!