Today you will be told to face the facts. Usually, that means bad news. You don’t have the money. The doctor’s report looks grim. Time is running out on your biological clock. Facing the facts is hard.
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But think about it: facing the facts isn’t our problem. It’s that we fail to face all of the facts.
God has facts to factor into our thinking as well.
The World Only Gives Half the Facts
The godly King Hezekiah buckled with fear under the Assyrian threat. It’s no wonder. He had a hard situation:
Sennacherib king of Assyria sent his servants to Jerusalem while he was besieging Lachish with all his forces with him, against Hezekiah king of Judah and against all Judah who were at Jerusalem, saying, “Thus says Sennacherib king of Assyria, ‘On what are you trusting that you are remaining in Jerusalem under siege?’”—2 Chronicles 32:9-10
If these facts were all Hezekiah believed, fear would rule him. But he knew facing the facts also included faith.
The Other Half of the Facts
Hezekiah knew that his greatest weapon (and place of security) was faith in the Lord’s promises. Hezekiah responded by getting the Prophet Isaiah—and praying with him. (How would you like Isaiah as a prayer partner?)
But King Hezekiah and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed about this and cried out to heaven. —2 Chronicles 32:20
Their reaction teaches us a tremendous lesson. When the world besieges you on all sides with hard facts, remember your strength lies in the Lord God—not in the arm of flesh.