Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues…
The story is told that the King of Assyria Sennacherib, captured the fortified cities of Judah and sent his field commander with a large army to King Hezekiah with a message. He said that God had given him permission to march against Judah and destroy it. In a bid to support his argument, he added that his army destroyed Samaria (capital of Israel) and God did stop them.
When King Hezekiah received the report, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went into the temple of the Lord. Then he sent a message to the prophet Isaiah requesting prayer for the people, and seeking God’s response regarding the commander’s statements. Isaiah said to Hezekiah’s messengers, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard… for I have put plans in place for Sennacherib to be cut down by the sword” (Isaiah 37:6-7).
Sennacherib sent a second message via letter to Hezekiah warning him of the pending capture. Hezekiah went to the temple of the Lord, spread out the letter, and prayed. The Lord responded and said, “Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, Sennacherib will not enter this city.’ ‘I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!” (Isaiah 37: 34-35). Shortly thereafter, an angel of the Lord went out and put to death one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. Sennacherib withdrew and returned to Nineveh and stayed there. Not long afterward, his sons killed him with the sword (Isaiah 36-37). When God is for you, your enemies will be defeated. When you are on God’s side, he will fight for you.
God promised to protect his children, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1-2). He wants us to believe in his Word and trust him to deliver us from harm. Whenever we are troubled or in danger, he wants us to come to him for help and not rely on our own strength or other sources. Every time we face a difficult situation, an angel is waiting to help us at God’s command, “Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name” (Psalm 91:14).
How should we approach God?
1. Confidently, knowing that he will answer and meet our needs (Hebrews 4:16).
2. In humility and total dependence while recognizing his sovereignty.
3. With an attitude of praise. God has given us his Holy Spirit to help us in our weaknesses, hence, in our lowest moments, we can find the strength to praise him (Acts 16:22-26). He has given us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, nonetheless, we must accept this gift in order to reap the benefits. God is all-powerful and everything is under his control, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen (2 Timothy 4:18).