Chug a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds, spin violently and try to perform a task while dizzy, dunk your entire body in cold water for hours, the list unfortunately goes on and on.
Internet challenges: the new happy hour, loved by many, successfully completed by few. Not to mention the health risks, these things can go bad…QUICKLY! Only the brave at heart (or utterly stupid) participate and post. Hashtags inundate our timelines, news feeds and dashboards. Its not just viral, its contagious!
The verb form of “challenge” -to invite, to engage, in a contest or task, shows there must be one who gives the challenge and one who accepts.
King Hezekiah was a sickly man who one day was given an awful report. He was told by the prophet Isaiah to set his affairs in order, because he was going to die. He would not recover from his illness. Hezekiah was devastated by this word but he turned to God in prayer. He challenged; invited, engaged, God to remember that he was a faithful man who had served God with his whole heart. He wanted Him to remember that he walked in truth, which pleased God. After this Hezekiah continued to weep, the bible says he “wept bitterly” (2 Kings 20:3) Before Isaiah could leave the King’s courtyard, God commanded him to return to Hezekiah and say “ This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and have seen your tears. So now I’m going to heal you. Three days from now you will be able to go up to the Lord’s temple. I will add fifteen years to your life. I will rescue you and this city from the power of the Assyrian king.” (2 Kings 20:5-6)
It would appear that God accepted Hezekiah’s challenge, since He extended his life. Hezekiah invited God to remember his good deeds toward Him. He wanted God to remember that he was His servant. Let’s take the #GodChallenge. When faced with adversity, strife, sickness, or doubt, let’s challenge God to remember that we are holy people, who serve him with our whole heart. He is our beginning and our end. Without him, we’re useless.
Challenge God to REMEMBER who you are!