“Then Jehoahaz prayed for the LORD’s help, and the LORD heard his prayer, for he could see how severely the king of Aram was oppressing Israel. So the LORD provided someone to rescue the Israelites from the tyranny of the Arameans. Then Israel lived in safety again as they had in former days.”
2 Kings 13:4-5 NLT
Because King Jehoahaz reverted back to worshiping idols, the Lord allowed the king of Aram to defeat the Israelites numerous times, at least until evil Jehoahaz prayed for help. What a gracious God to hear their cry, to see their oppression, and to send someone to their rescue.
It’s interesting that no name was mentioned, or no big story told of that person’s bravery—simply that the Lord provided someone to rescue the Israelites. Just someone? And yet, that someone was special—they were chosen by God. And that someone answered the call, because the Israelites were rescued and able to once again live in safety.
Many people want to be a somebody, to have their name in lights and make sure everyone knows who they are. But perhaps from God’s perspective, it’s more important to be someone whose ears are tuned to His voice, someone who will say “yes,” and someone who realizes the privilege of working together with the One who cares about hurting people. And God enables that special someone to create a safe place for those who are hurting.
Will I keep trying to be somebody, or will I be someone who brings hope to the hurting?