Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Daily Devotion: A Dilemma
Bible Reading: II Kings 18:19-27
Key Verse: Verse 19 - “And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?”
Key Words: What confidence is this wherein thou trustest
Have you ever found yourself in a dilemma? Maybe we need to begin by defining the word dilemma. Dictionary.com says that a dilemma is having to choose between two equally needed situations. May I translate that for you? Mission impossible. One of these situations will have to be let go.
Hezekiah is in a dilemma. He can’t run. The Assyrians will simply chase him down and kill him; and he can’t fight. The Assyrians are much too strong for Israel to defeat.
Now I repeat—have you ever found yourself in a dilemma? Quite honestly, I find myself there several times during the course of a year.
I have said on numerous occasions that being busy and being in a dilemma go hand-in-hand. The only ones who never find themselves in a dilemma are those who are seldom busy and accomplishing little to nothing.
When you find yourself in this situation you pray real hard for grace and understanding on the part of others. Sometimes you get your prayer answered, and some are kind and gracious; and on other occasions you find some graceless and unforgiving. But either way, you learn a lot about people and their spirit during these times of dilemma.
I came across an interesting article that describes what being in a dilemma is like.
Two hunters came across a bear so big they dropped their rifles and ran for cover. One man climbed a tree while the other hid in a nearby cave. The bear was in no hurry to eat, so he sat down between the tree and the cave to reflect upon his good fortune. Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, the hunter in the cave came rushing out, almost ran into the waiting bear, hesitated, and then dashed back in again. The same thing happened a second time. When he emerged for the third time, his companion in the tree frantically called out, “Woody, are you crazy? Stay in the cave till he leaves!” “Can’t,” panted Woody, “there’s another bear in there.” Now that’s a dilemma. Which way do you go?
My answer is, you go to the Lord. “Where can I go? O, where can I go? Where can I go but to the Lord.” That’s the answer for every dilemma.
What to do:
✞ When you are in a dilemma, run to God.
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