9 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — 2 Chronicles 32:31

  1. Good word, Bro! I can’t count the times I’ve heard God’s people forget to give Him glory after He has used them in some miraculous event. They eventually get around to it, but not before they tell everyone how they ‘heard’ and they ‘did’! Sometimes, I think we all take too much for granted where it concerns giving thanks and Glory to God for the way He moved us and positioned us and used us to the purpose of being involved with Him in those miraculous events. Hmmm….I’m going to ponder this awhile, because even though I’m sure God is gracious and kind when we are just excited about Him mentoring us in the miraculous, I still want to be carefully mindful of Him and praise and glorify Him first. Thanks for the illumination! ^_^

  2. Thanks, Anton. Always nice to know that something that’s been bothering me is also bothering someone else! Glad it could speak to you.

    Blessings,

    Jim

  3. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this account and never really saw this until now. It really speaks to my heart about several memorable occasions when I felt alone. Sad to say I failed most often. One thing, though, how you put this reminds me of Gethsemane. Jesus kept seeking the Father and finally found him in the angel. I think our sins began to weigh upon him somewhere between the upper room and Mt. Olivet. Our sins began to separate his fellowship with the Father. He said that because of this he was near death. I am so ashamed to have not always followed this example. As you say, life is found in his presence and not in other things.

  4. Eddie,

    I’m glad that something the Holy Spirit showed me was a help to you. That is the reason I write. I pray you stay close to His presence and find by doing so, everything else in life that struggles for our attention will find it’s proper place.

    Jim

  5. Just wanted to tell you, even though this particular post was written 7 years ago, it is still relevant to me. I was trying to understand the verse, God withdrew from Hezekiah… wondering what it really means. Thanks for beautiful exposition. it has helped me to see the verse in a different perspective. Thank you pastor once again.

  6. Pastor, I would like to point out a few observations about the passage you mentioned

    There is no indication to say that Hezekiah understood or perceived that God left him. Usually people say ‘God left me’ when they feel that their prayers are unanswered, have some physical troubles like sickness, poverty or threat from enemies(like the psalmist). Typically, they will also fell sad and gloomy at this stage. However this was not the case with Hezekiah. Hezekiah was certainly excited to show off his wealth to the Babylonians. He had no physical reasons to be sad. He had just pulled off an amazing victory against Assyrians. He just got healed from a deadly disease. His dreams were not shattered. His desires were satisfied. He was a hero in all sense. Most importantly he did not feel sad even when God proclaimed the punishment to him. So it is wrong to quote Hezekiah’s example when you feel depressed and sad.

    Based on this scriptural example, it is right to assume that God withdrawing from someone takes place when everything is going well in that person’s life, not when he feels depressed about what is happening around him. This is true about many of the Christians today. God withdraws from them at the peak of their material blessings and they respond to it by going ahead and sinning. They dont even realize that God left them.

    The situation when YOU feel that God is not with you, which the psalmist mentions, is a completely different phenomenon. When this happens God does not actually withdraws from the person, rather it just feels to the person that God has withdrawn from him.

    Hope this helps

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