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Devotionals by Jill Briscoe

After Hezekiah received the letter and read it, he went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD. - 2 Kings 19:14

Threatening letters can frighten us out of our minds. What do we do with such a letter? King Hezekiah took a frightening letter to the highest power of all—the King of kings. He took his fear to his Lord.

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, had arrived at the gates of Jerusalem. He threatened to put the city under siege and starve all the people to death. In a letter to Hezekiah, Sennacherib tried to scare all the people of the city into turning against Hezekiah and against the Lord (2 Kings 18:27-30).

Hezekiah took the frightening letter to the temple. In a quiet time with the Lord, Hezekiah prayed. He reminded himself of the power and majesty of God. He asked God to listen and look. Hezekiah knew God and God’s power, so Hezekiah petitioned God to show the world his power over the gods of the Assyrians. The Lord heard and answered Hezekiah’s prayer (2 Kings 19:20, 35-36).

When you’re frightened, your quiet time is an excellent place to begin to deal with whatever is troubling you. Start by reminding yourself that God rules over all the kingdoms of the earth. Then take the news to your upper room of prayer and spread it out before God. Face the facts with him, then call on him to defend his name. Let God take care of your fears. Listen for his answer. Ask him to show you what action you should take. Time alone with the Lord will give you peace of mind as nothing else can.

For Further Study: 2 Kings 19:1-19 

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

For more from Jill Briscoe, please visit TellingtheTruth.org.

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About Telling the Truth for Women

Telling the Truth exists to make available sound biblical teaching, practically applied, with a view to producing lives that glorify God and draw people to Christ. The whole of our ministry is to encourage, console, strengthen, teach, and train.

About Jill Briscoe

Jill Briscoe was born in Liverpool England in 1935. Educated at Cambridge, she taught school for a number of years before marrying Stuart and raising their three children.

In addition to sharing with her husband in ministry with the Torchbearers and in pastoring a church in the United Sates for thirty years, Jill has written more than forty books, travelled on every continent teaching and encouraging, served on the boards of "Christianity Today" and "World Relief," and now acts as Executive Editor of a magazine for women called "Just Between Us."

Jill can be heard regularly on the worldwide media ministry called "Telling the Truth" She is proud to be called “Nana” by thirteen grandchildren.

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