Competing Messages


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 18,19; 2 Chronicles 32; James 5

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Kings 18:17-37

 

In my job, I have spent a lot of time in airports over the years.  One thing I have learned about airports is that there are many competing messages you have to deal with.  When sitting at a gate waiting on a flight, it is common to hear all of the messages from the surrounding gates.  There have been many times when I have heard a message about a delay, a cancellation, or a gate change, and wrongly believed the affected flight was my own.  If you are not paying close attention, and if you do not check the source of the message, it is easy to be confused or led astray.

In today’s key passage, the people in Jerusalem had to deal with competing messages.  The Assyrian forces had already captured all of the fortified cities in Judah and were threatening to attack Jerusalem.  King Hezekiah told the people not to be afraid because God would fight for them (2 Chronicles 32:7-8), but the field commander of the Assyrian army had a different message.  He told the Israelites that God could not help them against his vast army. (Vss. 33-35)  He told them that Hezekiah was lying to them about God’s protection, and made many promises in an attempt to get them to surrender. (Vss. 31-32)  If they were not careful, the people in Jerusalem could have easily been confused or led astray by listening to the wrong message.

All of us have to face competing messages on a seemingly daily basis.  The messages might be different people asking for or telling us different things, or they might be competing activities vying for our time.  The most common example of competing messages is when our own consciences tell us one way to live while the world around us tells us another.  In each case, we have to be very careful.  The last thing we want is to become confused or to be led astray.  We need to check the source of the messages we receive, and we have to compare them to the Word of God.  As we grow in the Lord through spending time with Him daily, we will get better at discerning which messages we should listen to and which ones we should disregard.  Like the field commander’s message, the most tempting messages to listen to will be the ones promising you great things.  Always keep in mind, though, that if these messages conflict with what you know about God, then the promises are nothing more than empty lies.  Stand firm in the Lord, and keep His messages closest to your heart.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on July 21, 2013, in 12 - 2 Kings and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Excellent! Well said, we do need to be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit but not only to listening but to walking bold in the message that He is leading you faithfully through. Amen!

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