Isaiah 36:1; In Hezekiah’s fourteenth year as king, King Sennacherib of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.
This was not a good year for Hezekiah, but it got worse when the field commander of the Assyrian army threatened to take Jerusalem. When Hezekiah got the news, he tore his clothes and sent a message to Isaiah the prophet; “This is what Hezekiah says: Today is a day filled with misery, punishment, and disgrace. We are like a woman who is about to give birth but doesn’t have the strength to do it. The Lord your God may have heard the words of the field commander. His master, the king of Assyria, sent him to defy the living God. The Lord your God may punish him because of the message that the Lord your God heard. Pray for the few people who are left.” Isaiah answered them, “Say this to your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Don’t be afraid of the message that you heard when the Assyrian king’s assistants slandered me. I’m going to put a spirit in him so that he will hear a rumor and return to his own country. I’ll have him assassinated in his own country.’”
But the best part takes place when Hezekiah goes to the temple of God and spreads out the words of Isaiah before the Lord. He tells the Lord what’s going on and in 37:20 he says, “Now, Lord our God, rescue us from Assyria’s control so that all the kingdoms on earth will know that you alone are the Lord.”
You see, if Hezekiah had only listened to the report of the enemy, the cities he had taken, the people he had slaughtered and not remembered to go to God, he would have fallen to the same fate as all the other cities. We must take a lesson from this great king of Israel, we must NEVER think that we’re defeated, that God doesn’t see or care. We must never trust in the words of man, but the Word of God. We must ALWAYS go to God and trust in His unfailing grace. We cannot react to what we see, but only to what we KNOW. God is on the throne and He is in control. There is nothing He doesn’t know, He is merely waiting on YOU to call on Him, remind Him of His promises and TRUST Him.
Father, forgive us for striving and fighting against flesh and blood when clearly, we as Your children fight against spiritual wickedness in high places. May we YOUR people, made in YOUR image and that image is Love. May we love regardless of what we see, because what we see is subject to change. You are our King and You operate from a place of victory, so we Your subjects stand with You and declare that if God be for us, who can be against us. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.